Facebook 3D Posts

Since a few weeks Facebook has released its newest content format: the 3D Post. After 360° panoramas, this is the next step for 3D content. Now it is possible to bring real 3D models with geometry and textures into Facebook feeds, so you can move around an object and inspect it from every angle. If the model is well prepared, it works very nicely with good performance and quality, even at mobile devices. Currently only static 3D models are supported, but it is expected to see this format evolving in the near future. Animations, more interactivity, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality application within the Facebook context are now in reach. We tried out the production pipeline and together with our social media team are ready to go for your next Facebook 3D Post. If you are interested in this new format, just get in touch with us!

 

More information: developers.facebook.com

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon – Augmented Reality Shopping

Amazon announced that AR (Augmented Reality) view is now available also for Android devices (US only). The service allows people to experience products virtually in their own home. They started last year November with this service on Apple devices and experienced that customers are more likely to purchase the product after using AR view.

Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft Hololens or the Magic Leap or systems like Apple ARKit or Google Tango are extending the reality with an additional synthetic visual layer and are opening complete new possibilities for guidance, info- and entertainment systems.

Vuzix Blade™ – Augmented Reality glasses with Alexa assistant

The Vuzix Blade is what Google Glass always wanted to be. Of course, the Blade isn’t just the second coming of the Google Glass, as Vuzix has learned important things about what you have to do to make the concept of smart glasses easier to accept. They are easy to use and from a 3m distance they look like a normal pair of glasses.

Vuzix is trying to improve their product by eventually implementing Amazon Alexa into their smart glasses. Imagine walking down a street getting real time information about upcoming events near you – and with Alexa by your side – having tickets ready as soon as you arrive…

For more information visit time.com or for even more details about the technical details vuzix.com #vuzixblade #smartglasses #augmentedreality #alexa #ces2018

Flying a holographic drone in your living room

Epson announced the launch of an augmented reality flight simulator that will let you pilot a virtual drone through the physical space around you using the company’s Maverio AR glasses.
There are even a few games built into the app. You can collect candy or fly through some rings. Figuring out how the holographic drone relates to these objects in space definitely highlighted some of the limitations of the simulation.
It shows that combining 2 wildly different fields can give impressive results, and gives you the pleasure of having a drone without breaking the bank.

Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft Hololens or the Magic Leap or systems like Apple ARKit or Google Tango are extending the reality with an additional synthetic visual layer and are opening complete new possibilities for guidance, info- and entertainment systems.

First look at Apples Augmented Reality Kit for ios

Within iOS 11 a new augmented reality tool kit “ARKit”, which brings native support for Apple mobile systems, will be released. The public beta of iOS 11 has been available since a few days and this feature is tested widely from the developer community with some very nice results. The tracking seems to be extremely stable and precise. Together with advanced real-time rendering engines, the immersion is fascinating. Just have a look at the videos to get a first impression.

Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft Hololens or the Magic Leap or systems like Apple ARKit or Google Tango are extending the reality with an additional synthetic visual layer and are opening complete new possibilities for guidance, info- and entertainment systems.

More information: apple.com

Google unveils Daydream 2.0 featuring Chrome VR, YouTube VR and more

One of the major updates slated for later this year is Daydream 2.0 (codename Euphrates), announced by Google during a keynote focused on VR and AR at day 2 of I/O 2017. The standalone VR headset is being developed along with Qualcomm and will feature ‘WorldSense’ tracking tech as well as the latest Snapdragon 835 processor. It will also include two wide-angle cameras along with motion sensors to detect movement, and will most likely ship with a Daydream controller.

Users will be able to use Chrome in Daydream to browse the web while in virtual reality, access WebVR content with full Chrome Sync capabilities and have the possibility to screenshot, capture or cast any virtual experience on to a Chromecast-equipped TV. Separately, Google is also bringing augmented reality features to Chrome for Tango-supported phones. Development will also become much easier with Instant Preview, which allows developers to make changes on a computer and see them reflected on a VR headset in seconds.

The new system will be available on all current Daydream devices later this year, including the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and LG’s upcoming flagship device.

Nike ID – augmented reality in-store configurator

A Nike Store in Paris is showing a very nicely executed augmented reality installation, which lets the customers design their own personalized pair of shoes. The UX seems to be straight forward and is very similar to the online configurator. So, if you are in the area around the Avenue de Champs-Élysées in Paris, give it a try!

More information: uploadvr.com

Magic Leap – Star Wars in your living room

Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz announced the partnership with Lucasfilms division xLab to create new experiences for the mixed reality platform. Therefore, a “semi-secret” joint lab with members of both companies will be setup. Today, not much is known about the technology behind the Magic Leap platform, but everybody who has tried it, seems to be totally amazed and this teaser video is also looking very promising (again). Let’s see.

Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft Hololens or the Magic Leap are extending the visual reality with an additional synthetic layer and are opening complete new possibilities for guidance, info- and entertainment systems.

More information: www.wired.com

 

Disney Research – Augmented reality live texturing for colouring books

Disney Research developed an augmented reality app were you can see in real-time what you are painting in your color book in 3D on your tablet. This demo shows a powerful way to enrich a conventional 2d medium with an additional dimension, paired with the possibility of real time modification.

More information: disneyresearch.com