Atheer Labs Launches its Second Generation Platform

This blog post on Gigaom portal describes the Atheer Labs second generation platform and developer kit for Augmented Reality authoring. The Atheer Labs hands-free display hardware is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and Android-based Operating System. The product’s full specifications and instructions for ordering are found on the Atheer Labs web site.

I2CAT and Epson Set Up Moverio Center of Excellence in Barcelona

Enterprise AR developers and customers seeking to use hands-free Augmented Reality displays will soon be crossing paths in Barcelona at the new Moverio Center of Excellence. The center is a collaboration of Epson’s Spanish branch and the Industrial Internet research center, I2CAT. The center will provide a reference testing environment for validation and development of new products and services related to the smart glasses and promote use of Moverio in different areas. The center will initially focus on use of hands-free AR displays in industry, culture and healthcare sectors. New programs will be announced in 2015.

Mantis Vision Invites Developers to Pre-Order Aquila Tablets for 3D Capture

Mantis Vision develops innovative 3D capture technologies for OEMs and provides the depth sensor used in the Google Tango tablet so it’s not surprising that it has developed its own solution. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the Aquila 8″ tablet’s WUXGA screen is clear and, weighing under 400gms, the unit is light. Like the Tango tablets, Mantis Vision’s Aquila is designed for Augmented Reality developers who want to get started with RGBD mobile devices. Read the press release  and learn more about the Aquila tablet and the MV4D SDK on the company’s web site.

Seabery’s SOLDAMATIC Training System Receives 2014 Auggie Award for Best Enterprise Solution

Seabery’s SOLDAMATIC, the Augmented Reality-assisted training technology (SATT) system for welders, has been recognized for its innovation and ability to deliver results. The Auggie Award for Best Enterprise Solution was awarded on June 2, 2014, during the Augmented World Expo. To learn more about the SOLDAMATIC system, visit the company’s web site, watch the video or read the technical specifications.

Augview: AR Mobile Asset Management Application

Augview connects directly to one or more GIS servers using a secure internet connection. The web server then supplies geographic asset data and displays them on mobile devices in the form of 3D visualization, as text or as a map. The field staff can then edit and update the assets in real time without any extra administrative overhead. To learn more, visit the company’s web site.

Metaio Releases SDK with Support for See-through Displays

MUNICH AND SAN FRANCISCO: The world leader in Augmented Reality software and solutions, Metaio, today announced the first ever “see-through” wearable AR capabilities through the newest Beta version of the Metaio SDK, now optimized for wearable computing devices like the brand-new Epson Moverio BT-200. Instead of utilizing a camera view, Metaio’s technology allows the user to perceive reality itself with digital and virtual content directly overlaid onto their surroundings.

Wearable computing is on the rise, with devices like Google Glass and Oculus Rift in the public eye more and more. But in order to perform Augmented Reality experiences, even transparent displays like Google Glass rely on a camera video feed that duplicates reality rather than using the reality itself, potentially creating a disconnect for the user between the augmented content and the real world.

“We strive for seamless wearable AR,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “We want to go beyond the limitations of form factors to deliver truly ground-breaking experiences.”

The Metaio Augmented Reality SDK, now serving 80,000 developers, is today equipped with optical, truly transparent Augmented Reality rendering, allowing users to view AR content as if it were in front of their eyes. Service technicians can now visualize digital maintenance information attached to systems as if it were there in real life; consumers can visualize product information in-store or at home; game developers can create immersive games that merge virtual and physical worlds.

“Working closely with premier partners such as Metaio led us to incorporate new Augmented Reality capabilities in the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses,” said Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Markets for Epson America. “The Metaio SDK gives developers the opportunity to more easily bring their exciting AR application ideas to life on the Moverio platform.”

In addition to true see-through AR, the newest version of the Metaio SDK will feature high-definition rendering for iOS devices along with brand new in-Beta Face Detection algorithms.

To learn more about the release of the Epson Moverio BT-200s, visit: http://epson.com/moverioBT200.

To download the free Metaio Augmented Reality SDK , please visit: http://metaio.com/products/SDK.

For more information on Metaio’s partnership with Epson Moverio, check out this interview with Trak Lord, Metaio Head of US marketing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw8gPFaczaM.

About Metaio

The worldwide leader in Augmented Reality (AR) research and technology, Metaio develops software products for visually interactive solutions between the real and the virtual world. Based on the Metaio Augmented Reality platform, digital and 3D content can be integrated seamlessly into the real world through the user’s camera view. Serving over 100,000 developers and powering over 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial cases, over 30 million consumers use Metaio’s AR software. Learn more at www.metaio.com.