Weekly Linkfest

It’s been a busy summer for me, sorry for not posting the weekly linkfest in, well, a weekly manner. If you want more frequent updates from me, you should follow me on twitter

This week’s video comes to us via Etsuji Kameyama’s blog. I often complained about not having the AR equivalent of Angry Birds (ARAB). Well, we are not there yet, but Junaio now features a channel with the boids, enabling users to take picture with them. Even though it’s a wholly new media, still nobody likes the boomerang bird.

 

 Have a great week!

Weekly Linkfest

A downpour of augmented reality links for you today:

In the last week Bruce Sterling has posted several demo videos of AR projects done by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena) students. The class, which is sponsored by Layar (very wise move!) and guided by Sterling, resulted with some interesting ideas, from AR religion to Bitcoin treasure hunt, but I liked most Dobu Dobu, an “augmented reality app to create love, companionship and friendship through adoption of virtual pets”.

Dobu Dobu from Zooproot on Vimeo.

Have a Dobu Dobu week!

Vision Based Layar is Coming

And since it’s pretty big news (and Layar is a darling of the tech press) you probably already read about it somewhere else.

Here’s what you need to know:
  • Documentation is here.
  • Android Beta version is coming in a few weeks. iPhone and Android full versions are coming by the end of Q3.
  • Seems like a “basic” (nothing is basic in this field) image recognition and tracking. Image recognition is done on the device, so augmentation should be relatively snappy.
  • They are going to charge money for this, unless your layer gets less than 1000 matches per month, or if it’s a non-profit, artistic or educational layer and the powers to be like it enough. Pricing seems really fair to me.
  • You can win up to $15K by creating a vision based layer.

I think the “share it now” button has a potential to become a huge hit (think Instagram big). What do you think?

 
Update – misunderstood the documentation. You can have different augmentations depending on both location and image.

Weekly Linkfest

How are terracotta warriors, billiard, a coloring book and the city of Basel all related to each other? Well… they are featured in this week’s linkfest:

This week’s video is just strange.

An augmented reality artwork created by John Goto and Matthew Leach using the Layar platform, Gilt City confronts the banking crisis in an unusual way. Famous beggars appear on your mobile’s screen, and you choose whether to help them, or make them explode. Art – I’ll never understand it, but maybe you will, by reading more about this project here.

Have a grand week!

Weekly Linkfest Plus

I think that’s one of the best linkfests in a while. Judge for yourself:

Since Friday was Canada Day, and tomorrow is the 4th of July, let us celebrate with a double feature in this week’s video. Two first person shooter games caught my eye this week, the first ShootAR has a surprisingly sleek teaser video, while the other Uwar seems a little bit more feasible, and features cool shirts (well, cool is in the eye of the beholder). Is this new generation of AR games going to heat things up?

Have an excellent week!

Weekly Augmented Reality Linkfest

It’s a link apocalypse!

  • Many of the AR community went to the second annual Augmented Reality Event. Sadly, I wasn’t able to be there, but luckily, Augmented Citizen share some thoughts and presentations from the event, Locative Media have some “pirated videos” of the keynotes and Layar uploaded videos of a couple of their presentations to Youtube. If you have a video or a blog post about the event – send me an email or give me a tweet.
  • Sander Veenhof is a genius (there, I said it!) and Layar should be paying him money for choosing their platform if they don’t already do so. This time he came up with a way to use augmented reality to create a world wide synchronized dancing routine. It’s an augmented macarena!
  • With Disney’s mobile phone projector you can play games on walls and interact with real life objects.
  • Tablets and democratization: Metaio & Layar pinpoint next steps for augmented reality (via @bruces).
  • Sony SmartAR delivers high-speed markerless augmented reality and according to Engadget, it also blows minds.
  • Scott Blake creates art using QR codes.

This week’s video is of a simple augmented reality game, called Tapcloud with an interesting premise. By chasing virtual cloud (and looking a little bit foolish), the game forces you to get some exercise, and even counts the number of calories you burned once it’s game over. The game is available for free on the app store, so you have nothing to lose (except, again, calories).

Have a tremendous week!

Weekly Augmented Reality Linkfest

Took a break last week (missed me? you should follow me on Twitter), back today with many AR links:

This week’s video is just cute rendition of a possible augmented future, featuring Super Mario Bros villains in real life (via Neatorama):

Have a splendid week!