Category: Mobile App

Augmented reality application from Amazon boosts live scanning capabilities

The Flow AR app for Android devices provides the ability for multiple products and text to be scanned.
Amazon’s Flow augmented reality app functions by hovering the mobile device camera feature over a product, such as a Blu-ray or a book, so that the online retailer can retrieve that item’s information.

The A9 subsidiary of Amazon has said that the new Android version of flow has much greater capabilities.

For example, its augmented reality app version is based on a much faster system that is capable of scanning several items at one time. Furthermore, it can tell the difference between similar sounding items, and can provide multiple product comparisons in order to help users to find the best item at the lowest price.

Read the complete article at QR Code Press.

iPhone App Makes Map Navigation Easier to Visualize

 

Crossfader has developed Version 1.4 of AR-MAPS, an iPhone app that supports augmented reality (AR) on maps. AR is one of visualization solutions. This map application represents the ground on the bottom half of the screen, showing a map there. On the top half, it shows a video, with AR tags attached to destinations on it. This makes navigation easier to visualize.

“AR-MAPS supports the iPhone. On the iPhone 5 (recommended models are iPhone 4S/5), you can choose between standard maps and Google Maps. Regarding Version 1.4, the first point is, this version supports English. Also, with AR-MAPS, you can switch between AR and Map modes by changing the way you hold the iPhone.”

Read the complete article at Dig Info.

Apple iPhone turns table top into full-sized invisible keyboard

The system needs to learn the vibration patterns for each surface on which it is used, but does not necessarily need to be taught the patten for each key individually.

“Ideally you would train each key, but you can do just a couple,” said Mr Kraeutli.

In a video demonstrating the technology, Mr Kraeutli uses a “keyboard” printed on an ordinary piece of paper to train Vibrative and then type a text message. He also shows the paper is unnecessary for a touch typist, once the system is trained, by typing directly onto the wooden table beneath.

Read the complete article at The Telegraph.

Cloud Backup Service MyShoebox Launches To Synchronize Photos Across All Your Devices

The good news about digital photography is that users have a number of ways to take and share moments with each other. But over the course of many years, most users have collected tons of digital photos from a multitude of different sources: digital cameras and smartphones, as well as photos shared by their friends on social networks like Facebook. That’s led to a frustrating collection of media across a wide variety of platforms and devices.

MyShoebox is launching to solve that problem by providing mobile and web apps to aggregate and organize user photos from a number of sources. It also provides unlimited storage for users to backup all of their photos and provide access to them on all the different devices that they care about.

Read the complete article at TechCrunch.

Press Release & Media Package: Metaio Scales Augmented Reality, Releases New Research & Technology to Community

Technology leader introduces only commercially available platform-independent AR software with SLAM and Continuous Visual Search

MUNICH & SAN FRANCISCO, 18 October, 2012- After observing a year of remarkable growth in the amount of Augmented Reality (AR) users, developers and business applications, Metaio announced at its annual InsideAR technology conference to over 500 attendees that it will introduce scalable and sustainable AR production methods in order to empower AR on every smartphone, including a unified, platform-independent solution and software development kit, a new and improved desktop publishing tool, and integration of camera technologies like continuous visual search and SLAM, effectively enabling AR on anything, anywhere. Metaio also unveiled the results of extensive R&D: Live outdoor augmented reality on downtown Munich, real-time object recognition and tracking flying at 10,000 feet; Recognizing and augmenting every image of a 100-page magazine with a mobile device; and instant, do-it-yourself augmented reality for entire environments.

SLAM from 1000 feet (~300m)

SLAM camera tracking is basically real-time object and environment recognition that allows for instant digital overlays in nearly any situation. When Metaio decided to integrate SLAM into its SDK, they wanted to benchmark it to make sure it would be the best available. So they did, from 1000 feet in the air. Notice as the Drone flies over the small town that the Camera automatically and gradually learns its environment, recognizing more and more of the town and terrain. The image on the right is a skeleton display of the feature points, showing how the camera literally learns and understands what it’s seeing. This technology is available today for no-charge download in the brand new Metaio SDK http://metaio.com/products/sdk

Munich, the Augmented City “Test”

Metaio has fostered the idea of an Augmented City for the past two years – this year we delivered the first accessible Outdoor 3-D Augmented Reality demo. The new SLAM feature and Metaio’s award-winning Augmented Reality algorithms powered this AR overlay directly on Munich’s city hall. Day or night, now anyone can witness the famous “Glockenspiel” demonstration that normally only occurs at 11am.
Also, using complex geo-locational data for downtown Munich, Metaio added brand new line-of-sight Points of Interest (POIs). No more random floating billboards on the horizon that have no connection to reality – the new POIs combine GPS and real-world data to appear exactly where they’re supposed to be. This isn’t a research demo either- it’s an experience available to anyone with an Android or iOS mobile device using the free augmented reality browser app, junaio. http://dev.metaio.com/junaio

Outdoor Augmented Reality & 3-D Tracking

When Metaio augments something, it stays augmented. GPS is good enough to get a user somewhere, but not good enough to “anchor” 3-D content to a physical location. Metaio is working on a “snapping” algorithm that uses GPS to get close and then “snaps” the 3-D reference to the physical location to allow for tightly-aligned, life-like augmented reality. Instead of streaming the GPS data, the models are locked in, and they’re not going anywhere once they are.

100 Unique pages Augmented on the client, by Metaio

In 2009, it was difficult to augment a single page of a magazine in a browser on a PC with huge processing power. Today the Metaio SDK enables augmenting over 100 unique images, on a consumer mobile device, with no cloud necessary. And since it doesn’t rely on an internet connection, the augmented reality is instantaneous, robust and smoother than ever. Learn more about the new Metaio SDK at http://metaio.com/products/sdk

A Clockwork Orange: Turning A Classic Novel Into An Interactive App

It’s no secret that the publishing world has undergone something of a shake up over the last couple of years. Kindles and ebooks, self-publishing and the success of Fifty Shades of Grey have all taken their toll on the industry—and much like other entertainment industries it’s had to move with the times or be damned. Or— which is what generally happens—do a bit of both. And while some people might think the digital publishing revolution (even though it’s not really a revolution) is just bad fan fiction, unnecessary interaction, and mommy porn—it’s not all bad.

With the old publishing methods changing it’s meant that publishing houses have looked to digital formats to release books, creating interactive apps that can augment a classic book with a wealth of bonus material, or provide a different way of reading a contemporary one. One of the successes of this way of doing things has been the release of TS Elliot’s The Waste Land as an interactive iPad app with articles, interactive text, videos, interviews and a whole bunch of DVD extras-style material that fans can dive into.

The latest literary classic to get this treatment is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, released by Random House. The app has a wealth of material that you can read and watch, from the author’s thoughts on why Mick Jagger would’ve been a better person to play Alex in the film, to his annoyance at people calling it The Clockwork Orange rather than A Clockwork Orange.

Read more at The Creators Project.

Budweiser and AR firm Aurasma allow you to drink beer from the FA Cup… of sorts

Budweiser has once again partnered with augmented reality specialist Aurasma to create an interesting way for smartphone owners to engage with the FA Cup. The headline sponsor of the English footy tournament has made one of many fans’ dreams come true, by giving them the opportunity to drink from the iconic trophy.

All they need is an Android or iOS device laden with the dedicated Budweiser Man of the Match app, which is available now on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

Read more at Pocket-Lint.

AR app from docomo translates menus and signs in real time

On October 11, NTT Docomo will start the Utsushite Honyaku service, which instantly translates foreign-language restaurant menus when you point a smartphone’s camera at them.

Read the complete article at Diginfo.

AppSurfer Takes Android Apps To The Browser, Lets You Embed Them Anywhere

Amazon’s Appstore for Android has long allowed consumers to test apps in the browser before purchase, but a new startup debuting now wants to offer an alternative. AppSurfer, as the company is called, has a bigger vision: it wants to become the “YouTube of Android apps.” Whether or not the company can get there is still an unknown, but there’s something interesting about this idea of making apps browser experiences which can be tried, tested, shared, run and embedded anywhere.

Based in India, the startup has only 50 apps on its platform as it heads into public beta, and the majority are from local publishers. Note also that this release is targeted towards developers, not consumers, so there’s still time to improve its consumer-facing website, which is in need of a little polish before claiming a title like “YouTube of Android apps.” The company says its consumer release will include a standalone Android application for app discovery as well, and it will arrive in about two months – after the app catalog is expanded.

Read the complete article at TechCrunch.

Star Trek fans to be ‘beamed up’ by augmented reality app – no need for Scotty

Star Trek fans will be able to follow in their heroes’ footsteps by being “beamed up” at this month’s Destination Star Trek London, with a new free augmented reality app.

The ‘Beam Me Up App’ has been launched by CBS Action specifically for the expo and will see Trekkies stand on a purpose-built Star Trek platform before a friend points a smartphone at their silhouette. Once the phone is aligned correctly, their image will be seen to be beamed up through the phone’s display.

Read the complete article at Pocket-Lint.