NEWS PICKS ARCHIVE 2013

October 28, 2013

The Royal Ontario Museum has launched a new mobile app which takes the museum experience at the ROM to a whole new level. The app transforms any museum visitor into a digital curator by providing digital tools, or “scopes” that let you dig deeper into specific exhibits. Read more.

October 15, 2013

The latest development on the headset market, castAR, is not only suited for (projected) AR; a clip-on also creates VR experiences. Technical Illusions’ founders Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson developed the headset and it has a key selling point: it wraps up three devices into one. It is an AR / VR headset as well as a game controller. Ellsworth and Johnson have started a Kickerstarter campaign to get the needed backers. Read more about castAR on Engadget.

October 15, 2013

Artists Davy and Kristin McGuire created a theatrical installation, The Icebook, made out of paper. A pop-up book is paired with projection mapping and accompanied by music, the result is unique display of storytelling. The dark and atmospheric fable relates one man’s journey into the wilderness.

October 1, 2013

How cool would it be if you could build your own robot? French sculptor and model-maker, Gael Langevin, has made that dream a reality. You can download the open source files and print out parts of the inMoov robot on a 3D-printer. Some assembly is required, but there is a whole community of inMoovers on hand to offer assistance should you run into some problems.

September 17, 2013

Here is an interesting take on a promotional ad: Lexus’ latest model, IS Hybrid, is put through its paces with former Formula One driver Jarno Trulli behind the wheel playing a specially designed game called Trace Your Road. Some of Lexus’ Facebook fans sat next to Trulli with an iPad and were asked to ‘draw’ a road which was then projected on the floor of an empty airplane hangar. Their driver followed it in order to score points, gamification style driving ensues!

September 16, 2013

Transreal Topologies will be held in conjunction with The International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (Adelaide, Australia). The exhibition takes place from 1 till 5 October 2013. It explores the field of mixed and augmented reality art (MARart), presenting a range of artists that are contributing to the development of a unique language for MARart as both a medium and area of inquiry. The exhibition focuses on modes of representation that deal with the augmentation of data beyond traditional surfaces in order to merge virtual and real. Read more about Transreal Topologies’ exhibition on their website.

September 16, 2013

No less than three events are being organised in connection with the 3D Printshow exhibition in 2013. Starting off in London from 7 till 9 November, followed by Paris from 15 till 16 November 2013 and concluding in New York with an exhibition held from 13 till 14 February 2014. In London, some of the works on display include life-sized printouts of dinosaurs’ body parts(!) and a so-called Fashion Experience. Check out 3D Printshow’s website for more information about the upcoming events. You can also download 3D Printshow’s magazine, 3D Printmag (available for iPhone and iPad).

picture: made by Nick Ervinck

September 9, 2013

Last weekend, 6-7 September 2013, British media art centre FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool hosted a unique exhibition together with German arts centre Bauhaus in Dessau. Ready to Cloud is an installation created by Berlin-based art collective The Constitute. For this installation the artists use 3D-scans of participants and load them into the Cloud, thereby ‘beaming’ their avatar in real-time from Liverpool to Dessau or vice versa. Teleportation as is imagined in Star Trek was one of The Constitute’s sources of inspiration.

September 5, 2013

Legendary DIY furniture store Ikea, now also lets you preview its products in your living room, in 3D, with its Augmented Reality app. The best part is that you don’t even need to assemble the pieces yourself. Simply download Ikea’s AR app (available for Android as well as iPhone / iPad) and place the analog catalog on the floor of the room: start decorating!

Place IKEA furniture in your home with augmented reality

September 3, 2013

Recently, Sony released its latest head-mounted display: HMZ-T3. The headset does not include eye-trackers or cameras, and this means that AR or VR are not part of the package. On the other hand, gaming or watching movies are said to become a more immersive experience, according to a review on Engadget’s website. Additionally, the headset is available with a wired or wireless option, and it can also connect with Android devices.

September 2, 2013

Leading new media scholar, Lev Manovich, has published his latest book: Software Takes Command (2013). According to Manovich, Software has replaced a diverse array of physical, mechanical, and electronic technologies used before 21st century to create, store, distribute and interact with cultural artifacts. It has become our interface to the world, to others, to our memory and our imagination - a universal language through which the world speaks, and a universal engine on which the world runs. What electricity and combustion engine were to the early 20th century, software is to the early 21st century. Offering the the first theoretical and historical account of software for media authoring and its effects on the practice and the very concept of ‘media,’ the author of The Language of New Media (2001) develops his own theory for this rapidly-growing, always-changing field.

Software Takes Command is now available as an open access publication.

June 11, 2013

If you just can’t wait to see the finished result of your 3D printed vase, there is a solution. Sander Veenhof and Joris van Tubergen have augmented the open source Ultimarker 3D printer; the AR app gives you a virtual preview of a vase while it is being printed out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lk9GhU36b4
May 21, 2013

The Mobile Augmented Reality event will explore one of the most exciting aspects in mobile technology and promises to be a truly extraordinary opportunity for developers, artists, brands, agencies and industry. The Mobile Augmented Reality Conference is now part of The App Summit at International CTIA which will be held on 21 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This fully packed one-day event will feature the top minds working with AR. Topics to be covered include, amongst others:

  • What are the current and future uses of AR?;
  • Entertainment and gaming;
  • Location based and vision based AR;
  • Natural feature and planar tracking;
  • Using QR codes and geotagging;
  • HUD - AR glasses;
  • Technical challenges;
  • Protocols and standards;
  • Social networking, social media and AR.

Who should attend? Developers, 3D artists, operators,... Read more

April 8, 2013

The province Noord-Holland believes that they have made cultural heritage available to the greater public with their Street Museum app. Images of times gone-by are visualised at different location in seven regions (Alkmaar and surrounding areas, Amsterdam, Den Helder, Het Gooi region, Hoorn and the Zaanstreek). Old photos, postcards and paintings of and from Noord-Holland are placed over the current situation; sounds like a type of AR! For convenience (and to avoid lengthy download times), the files can be downloaded per region. Simply aim your smartphone’s camera at a historical location to enable the app to recognise it via GPS. Following that, a snapshot from the past is revealed. By aid of Google Maps a map can be prompted to discover more old images.

The Street Museum app is available for both Apple and Android.

April 3, 2013

Writer Tim Maughan wrote Paintwork, a collection of short science-fiction stories. Recently he made a short film, a montage of stills and CGI, with the same name. Paintwork presents a cyberpunk inspired vision of the near-future. A narrator tells the story of “the best QR-writer” in South-Bristol (UK) who mixes AR with graffiti.

Take a look at Tim Maughan’s website as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEPl2bTqBq8
March 19, 2013

The exhibition Gimme More ran from 21 February till 2 March 2013 at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. The idea behind the exhibition was the way in which AR artworks highlights the relationship between physical and virtual reality. Allison Meier wrote an enthusiastic review on Hyperallergic about Gimme More, but the author is not entirely convinced whether or not AR is the next ‘immediate’ medium – something the exhibit’s organisers had put forward. According to Meier, the artworks are too unstable from time to time and, perhaps, are too heavily reliant on technology.

Several videos of AR artworks can be watched on Hyperallergic’s website.

March 12, 2013

He is often referred to as the “father of wearable computing,” Steve Mann. The Canadian researcher and inventor has over 35 years of experience in researching the various ways to add digital layers of information onto the physical world. Recently, Mann has written an article about his extensive research into headset design. Numerous reports have circulated the last several months about AR-headset design’s latest developments. Mann has reservations concerning the technical progress of Google’s Project Glass.

Read the article in full on IEEE’s website.

March 11, 2013

Could 3D printing possibly surpass the role the Internet plays in our lives? In a video by The Financial Times it is argued that 3D printing could potentially compete with the business practices of, amongst others, the manufacturing industry. Judge for yourself whether or not you agree with that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRv4jp-hhBE
March 5, 2013

The American company WobbleWorks has developed a pen, the 3Doodler, which allows you to draw in three dimensions! In fact, the 3Doodler enables you to print your drawing in real-time without the high costs of a 3D-printer. Additionally, software is not needed; simply plug the pen in an electrical socket. The pen uses a similar type of plastic also used by most 3D printers. WobbleWorks recently started a campaign on Kickstarter.

Read more about the 3Doodler on Colossal.

March 4, 2013

So many headsets, too much to choose from. Why not try an AR-headset then? A funny article on the website of Compare Business Products gives a brief overview of the broad range of headsets that are available, but there is more... One of the headsets that have been developed by the AR Lab - ‘George’ (designed by Niels Mulder) - also made the list!

Take a look at Compare Business Products.

February 21, 2013

Europeana gathers content from over 2,200 providers (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual collections), via a range of aggregation initiatives and projects. Europeana provides the tools with which users can explore the digital resourches made available by European museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. The portal encourages users to explore its networking capabilities within a multilingual space. Users can get in touch with each another, share their findings and get inspired by the rich diversity that European cultural and scientific heritage has to offer.

Visit Europeana’s website and discover it for yourself.

February 19, 2013

The digital creative agency Appshaker creates advertising campaigns for well-known companies such as Coca-Cola and the BBC; and they often use AR to that effect. Appshaker’s approach comes forward in the message they wish to convey with their campaigns. The manner in which that is accomplished is informed by the message itself. In the Coca-Cola and WWF campaign, Appshaker used a broadcast AR system where animations are added to live camera footage. Ultimately, the main goal is to offer immersive experiences. Aside from that, the agency links their campaigns to social media in order to generate brand awareness for Coca-Cola, as well as in the case of Arctic Home, promote awareness about climate change and polar bears’ disappearing natural habitat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEW0LdNuFXY
February 19, 2013

Do you find it difficult to imagine how that chair from an interior design catalogue will look in your living room? With the AR app from Decolabs and twnkls users no longer need to picture it in their minds; they can decorate their homes with furniture from catalogues linked to the app. In order to place virtual furniture in your living room, you take a picture of the room with an iPad and after that you simply pick out some pieces from the catalogues. This allows users to judge for themselves whether or not a particular chair actually compliments their other furniture pieces or fits in with the room’s layout. For now, the app is only available for the iPad. Read a review about the app on Mashable.

http://vimeo.com/48792081
February 13, 2013

With Grasp users’ hand and finger movements are tracked and mapped. As a result, an interface can be controlled by way of hand gestures. Omek Interactive’s system works with a new type camera, one that is optimised for close range recording. Because the cameras will be produced as modules, they can be built into a PC or tablet’s case. In the spring of 2013 Grasp’s beta version will be available.

Read more about Grasp on Omek Interactive’s website.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtgGYYRmOiU
February 12, 2013

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system developed by Microsoft Research which projects images in the space surrounding a television. A Kinect for Windows and a projector blurs the lines between the images on a television and physical space. According to the developers, the system creates an entirely new gaming experience.

Read more about IllumiRoom on Microsoft Research’s website.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2w-XqW7bF4
February 12, 2013

‘Famous New Media Artist’ Jeremy Bailey was funded by crowdfunding website Kickstarter. In this project Bailey will ‘paint’ portraits with AR. Kickstarter’s funders are put in the spotlight in Bailey’s project; he intends to make portraits, enhanced with an AR layer, of the largely anonymous group of financial backers. Bailey’s idea is loosely based on portraits by old masters who painted important and powerful people. According to Bailey, this not only provided an income, but also gave artists the opportunity to show their technique.

Read more about Important Portraits and take a look at Bailey’s pitch on Creative Applications’ website.

January 28, 2013

Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars from Universe Architects in Amsterdam has designed a house which will be partially constructed from pieces printed out on a 3D-printer! The aim is to put the pieces of the so-called Landscape House together no later than 2014. Ruijssenaars has worked with artist and mathematician Rinus Roelofs on this project. D-Shape is the name of the enormous printer, designed by Italian inventor Enrico Dini, set out to print out the contours of the house. Read more about this ambitious project on 3ders’ website.

January 27, 2013

McDonald’s has launched an app that allows users to track the origins of the ingredients in the food they’ve bought. TrackMyMacca’s follows the supply chain of food and uses augmented reality to display the results in an attempt to dispel some of the myths around the restaurant’s processing procedures.The app was created by DDB Australia in partnership with production company Acne Production, video house And so they were, media agency OMD and Mango PR.

The app works on selected menu items across Australia. The app has been launched and will run until 30 June 2013. Visit mUmBRELLA's website for more information about the app.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBnqg_KTSIc
January 27, 2013

Floor projection, to stimulate activity of children.The company Pump it Up uses EyeClick's motion sensor technology to project an interactive indoor children's playground. Read more about this project on Digital Signage Connection's website.

January 24, 2013

Would you like to know more about The 7th Sense? Check out Greg Madison's SlideShare presentation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAFuNzHQZqU
January 21, 2013

Medialab Baltan Laboratories, housed in the renowned Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, is looking for an intern! Do the fields of new media and art science have your special interest? Then you should send your application letter to Baltan before 15 February. Check out their website for more information.

January 16, 2013

Computerhistory's website shows developments of many items and tools. From analogue computers to 'the mouse' as an example of human-computer interaction and computer art. A fascinating website! Go to Computerhistory.

January 15, 2013

Dutch company Shapeways specialises in 3D printing and gives some more insight into the potential of this technology for the creative industry. In a video on The Creators Project's website several designers talk about how 3D printing helps them in their design process. What this also shows is that a technological development such as 3D printing often goes hand-in-hand with affiliated design programmes and other visualisation techniques. For more information, visit The Creators Project and Shapeways.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS4Xw8f9LCc