So Flipping Cool: AR Sandboxes with Virtual Water Simulation

The UC Davis W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences built this incredible demonstration of interactive AR topography with funding from the National Science Foundation. The demonstration uses Microsoft Kinect as well as water flow simulations based on the Saint-Venant set of shallow water equations.

These AR sandboxes will be set up as hands-on exhibits in science museums including the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

(Source: idav.ucdavis.edu)

Keeping Royalty Fresh: The World’s First Augmented Coin
Can you think of anything more traditional than a federal money-making mint, and a Royal one at that? Yet in a delightful turn of events, the Royal Canadian Mint got a breath of fresh air, topped with a breath mint last night. The Mint has sourced internationally renowned artist Gary Taxali to design six new limited edition collector’s quarters. And to spice things up further, our fearless leader Brian Mullins teamed up with visionary augmented reality researcher Helen Papagiannis to develop the world’s first Augmented Reality coin. Helen and Brian created a one-of-a-kind experience that guests were treated to during an evening celebration last night at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
To learn more, head over to our full blog post here: http://j.mp/xQSao8

Keeping Royalty Fresh: The World’s First Augmented Coin

Can you think of anything more traditional than a federal money-making mint, and a Royal one at that? Yet in a delightful turn of events, the Royal Canadian Mint got a breath of fresh air, topped with a breath mint last night. The Mint has sourced internationally renowned artist Gary Taxali to design six new limited edition collector’s quarters. And to spice things up further, our fearless leader Brian Mullins teamed up with visionary augmented reality researcher Helen Papagiannis to develop the world’s first Augmented Reality coin. Helen and Brian created a one-of-a-kind experience that guests were treated to during an evening celebration last night at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

To learn more, head over to our full blog post here: http://j.mp/xQSao8

Sweet augmented reality still from Avatar. Nice graphs and charts! But the coup de grace? Home Tree itself of course.

Sweet augmented reality still from Avatar. Nice graphs and charts! But the coup de grace? Home Tree itself of course.

This concept looks awesome. Excited to see this level of creativity coming together from so many different angles - augmented reality does best when approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Sports + engineering + design + AR = truly meaningful uses of AR. Check it out!

oceantokyo:

Gosta’’ glasses cheers for Google

In an article on ReadWriteWeb, Marshall Kirkpatrick declares that Google augmented reality glasses could come soon and continues to ask; what do they mean?

A couple of months ago we showed exactly this. Our Gosta’’ glasses (on YouTube) is one possible scenario for how the much debated “nerdglasses” actually could have a great meaning and value to the common man, rather than being a weapon in the defence industry or used in unnatural and forced situations where they only appear as awkward.

During the Innovative Sweden exhibition at Stanford in the beginning of November Ocean Observations showed what we believe is the future of training. The vision of the augmented reality enabled lightweight glasses is carefully designed based on our own experiences and emotions from being runners, skiers and bikers. 

 Plenty of stories from exercising have been woven into the concept and we believe these glasses are far more meaningful to the athlete than smartphones and pulse watches. Read our story here.

At the time we figured that our idea of connected glasses wouldn’t be realised in 3-4 years at least, but now it seems like the future is closer than we thought! Google goggles have leaked and rumours say they are actually almost the same size and shape as ordinary glasses.

Our source tells us that this is what Google is building. They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear. However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface. There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.” 

These types of glasses can obviously enhance the experience of services and be useful in many different situations. As designers, strategists or engineers we just need to make sure we are equipped with enough insights in order to create meaningful services for users ready to go goggling. We are getting there, are you?

Hacking Out of Body Experiences?

In this fascinating Radiolab podcast, we hear the stories of people who have either lost contact with part of their senses, “feel” things that aren’t there, such as a phantom limb, or have a wire loose in their proprioceptive capacities. Proprioception is the ability to know where your body and limbs are, even with your eyes closed. It’s such a basic capacity that most people can’t imagine what it would be like to live without it, and indeed when your proprioception goes out the window, very strange things happen.

The final story is about pilots who experience out of body visions at very high speeds, and poses some very interesting questions about what our brains are capable of. Complete memories, vivid scenes that appear tangible, and strangest of all, the experience of sitting out on the wing of a plane and “watching” yourself fly the aircraft - all take place in the pilots’ minds. 

Preliminary forms of brain hacking are already going on in the military, and as more and more research is being done, it appears that soon we won’t need contact lenses to display augmented reality - we’ll just communicate directly with the brain through wireless waves. As we listened to these incredible stories, the possibilities for hacking brain visuals kept washing over us. We can’t wait to get started.

Podcast description from Radiolab: OK. Maybe you’re in your desk chair. You’re in your office. You’re in New York, or Detroit, or Timbuktu. You’re on planet Earth. But where are you, really? This hour, Radiolab tries to find out.

How does your brain keep track of your body? We examine the bond between brain and body, and look at what happens when it breaks. First, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks tries to find himself using magnets. Then, a century-old mystery: why do many amputees still feel their missing limbs? We speak with a neuroscientist who solved the problem with an optical illusion. Up next, the story of a butcher who suddenly lost his entire sense of touch. And we hear from pilots who lose consciousness and suffer out-of-body experiences while flying fighter jets.

Nice! This is one of the coolest implementations of magic mirror AR we’ve seen.

n8yager:

Sony “SmartAR” makes it snow anywhere

An inspiring use of technology, operating on the Windows Mobile platform, that helps visually impaired users “see” the world around them using image and object recognition.

Check out the impressive video:

Sneak Peek: Our Augmented People Project Explores the Possibilities of Digital Identity

We like to push the limits of what we’re creating with augmented reality and we think our “Augmented People” project, in collaboration with architecture firm Gensler, definitely fits the bill. 

Check out Design Director Shawn Gehle’s digital identity in this cool peek at the possibilities of merging online and offline identity. 

daqri for Teachers – Don’t Worry, It’s Easy!

We were absolutely bowled over by the adorableness of this video, made by daqri user and superfan IvyInSF. Ivy is a grad student studying Digital Media and Learning in San Francisco, and made this faux commercial video as part of a class assignment.

Thank you so much Ivy, we absolutely love it!

To learn more about this “hot trend in education,” check out the video! If you’re a student or a teacher and can verify your scholastic association, please contact us for special educational pricing of our more advanced features.

X-Ray Catalog Models To See Under Their Clothes

Clothing brand Moosejaw has released an augmented reality app that allows you to scan and “unclothe” the leggy models in their winter wear catalog. Known for their slightly “mad” marketing style, Moosejaw seems to have hit upon a brilliant stroke here. Our only question - why didn’t they partner with Victoria’s Secret and sell the underwear too!!?? 

For more information check out this article. Don’t you think this makes winter holiday shopping SO much more fun?