AR Weekly Digest #64

1. Google Glass Takes NHL Viewing Experience to a New Level

Technology continues to change the way hockey fans watch the sport. Going to an NHL is already a great experience for many with jumbotrons and HD displays providing replays in high detail as soon as the happen on the ice. But now it’s about to get even better – Google Glass can take it to a whole new level.

The Washington Capitals is the first pro team to introduce Google Glass to NHL games. They will soon be launching Skybox Google Glass for their home games. This technology will be essentially turning you into a hockey robot. With Google Glass, fans will be able to instantly see players’ personal database of statistics of the game they are watching as well as the players involved. Fans will also get the chance to watch replays right in their field of vision.
To top it off, there are plans to give Google Glass wearers exclusive premium content from the players pre and post game.
With certain stadiums already claiming to offer great game-day experiences, Google Glass is certainly one that cuts the Capitals above the rest.

You can watch a video from the stadium by following the link below.


 2. Microsoft and Augmensys cooperate in Augmented Reality

Augmented_Reality_An_395738f30bThe Austrian startup Augmensys and Microsoft launch cooperation in the field of Augmented Reality for enterprise and industrial customers. The goal is to bring augmented reality technology to manufacturing companies. AR software product would allow you to navigate through complex industrial plants, identifying components of the production system by means of sensors on the tablets and smartphones and display any information about the detected objects in the image of the device camera in real time. Thus, the user gets any data delivered exactly to the site by merely looking at a part of the mechanism. He can also add notes to the view by entering data, pictures or voice notes.

“We see Augmented Reality as one of the key technologies of the future that can radically simplify industrial processes. Customers in a professional environment should be confident that we not only have a serious approach to this innovation, but also as a market leader we will actively promote value adding factors in industrially useful solutions. In Augmensys we have found a partner who has just set a goal and, therefore, the intersection of our visions is very high, “commented Christian Bartl, Director of Platform group at Microsoft Austria.


3. Google Creates Prototype of Smart Contact Lens for Diabetics 


The Google X lab just teased a smart contact lens on its blog, but it won’t be Google Glass in the eye yet. Instead this project is working to tackle one of the biggest health problems facing us today: diabetes.The company says it is currently testing prototypes of this contact lens that use a tiny wireless chip and a miniaturized glucose sensor. These chips are embedded in between two soft layers of lens material.

The idea that instead of  drawing blood to monitor glucose level it could be done passively through a contact lens, is especially promising for the world’s 382 million diabetics who need insulin and keep a close watch on their blood sugar.

According to Google, the sensor can take about one reading per second, and it is working on adding tiny LED lights to the lens to warn users when their glucose levels cross certain thresholds. The sensors are so small that they ”look like bits of glitter”. Google says it is working with experts to bring this technology to market. Partnering companies will use the technology for a smart contact lens and develop apps that would make the measurements available to the wearer and their doctor.

It’s worth noting that other companies, including Microsoft, have previously shown similar lenses. Until now, though, it doesn’t look like there are any smart lenses available in the market yet.


4. Augmented Reality Tamagotchi Toy Debuts at at Toy Fair

Figure Games has released a real-world digital pet called Animin, that uses augmented reality to bring the toy experience to life.  The app will be released for both smartphones and tablets and will be showcased at TOY Fair in London this week.

The object of Animin is to care for and nurture your pet by feeding it, providing it with medicine and cleaning after it.  As well as the basic virtual pet software, the app contains a number of mini-games that unlock as the creature grows, and are available for both smartphones and tablets.The app also supports voice recognition. For instance, you can tell your Animin to sit or dance and ask it to perform different actions.

“Augmented Reality mobile apps have already been around for a few years, but nobody has yet really cracked their true gaming potential,” explains Animin director, Joe Kletz. “Until now! We have extremely exciting plans to develop Animin, extending the core Animin AR app into an online role playing game featuring your Animin avatar with ties to social networking, instant messaging, VR gaming and much, much more.”

Augmented Pixels has also created a Tamagotchi app called My Dragon Toy some time ago, but unlike Animin My Dragon Toy is designed not as a toy, but as a character supporting marketing campaigns of brands.


5. LASTER Announces Kickstarter Campaign for Augmented Reality Consumer Wireless Eyewear

laster-seethruLaster Technologies, a French company that specializes in “mobile informative eyewear,” is raising money via a Kickstarter campaign to roll-out its new SeeThru smart glasses. SeeThru differs from many other smart glasses by shunning a camera in a bid to protect the privacy of those around the user. Rather than use a camera to identify objects and environments, the SeeThru uses its series of location and GPS sensors to get the job done. Not only does it improve location accuracy, but it also means that SeeThru wearers don’t have to worry about their devices freaking out the people around them.

SeeThru will initially allow wearers to use GPS capability to instantly get information about the places, see real-time information, (e.g. time, date, calendars, pop-up messages, etc.), voice and phone based navigation, view photos, browse the Internet, view SMS/text messages, emails and contacts, answer the phone hands-free using voice commands, play music and games, read e-books,

“For the last eight years we’ve been driven by the desire to democratize AR glasses,” said Zile Liu, founder and CEO of LASTER. “We produced over a hundred prototypes using technology that’s been perfected and tested by enterprises and the military. SeeThru proves that you don’t have to buy an expensive set of glasses to get great features and the best genuine AR quality, and you don’t need to sacrifice your privacy. Privacy has always been part of our commitment to SeeThru users. We want to eliminate any chance of ‘glassholes’ recording people without their knowledge.”

You can find out more information about the Laster SeeThru smart glasses at the link below, the creators are hoping to raise $300,000 via Kickstarter to put them into production.


 AR applications:

  1. EMC Sea
  2. Friends on the Move AR
  3. RAM by Mopar
  4. Maroon 5 – S.I.N.
  6. Pop-up Mouse and the Meadow
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  8. RT App
  9. Cresford
  10. Sobuj Potro Kolkata
  11. LIGAScan
  12. KeeVeeT
  13. RolyAR

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