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Sander Veenhof & Mark Skwarek pioneer augmented reality art at MoMA NYC

October 9, 2010

Update from Sander Veenhof:

Mark Skwarek and me deciding today that we will add the AR exhibition to the permanent collection of the MoMA so it can be viewed for an unlimited amount of time.

 

Our good friend Sander Veenhof launched yet another augmented reality masterpiece together with Mark Skwarek. After months of preparation Sander hast teamed up with Mark to launch a ‘virtual’ augmented reality show on the 9th of October 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. But, they don’t know about it yet. The infiltration is part of the Conflux Psychogeoraphy festival.

The virtual exhibition will occupy the space inside the MoMA building using Augmented Reality technology. The show will not be visible to regular visitors of the MoMA, but those who are using a mobile phone application called”Layar Augmented Reality browser” on their iPhone or Android smartphones, will see numerous additional works on each of the floors.

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Meet ‘AR Walker’: the first usable lightweight Augmented Reality spectacles.

October 8, 2010

A lightweight pair of augmented reality glasses that overlay the world with digital content, such as directions or a travel guide, has debuted in Japan.

We’ve been playing around with a lot of AR gadgets lately. From the latest smartphones such as the Nokia N8, to brand new tablets that haven’t hit the market yet. BUT… this new AR Walker headset is now the number one on our hitlist! The headset, created by Olympus and phone-maker NTT Docomo, uses augmented reality software on an attached phone.

A virtual tour of Kyoto was used as the first demonstration of the technology.

While AR glasses are nothing new, these are among the first to add a miniature projecting display without too causing much encumbrance to the wearer.

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Augmented Reality takes you to M.AR.S

September 19, 2010

Our good friend Sander Veenhof does it again. This incredible multi talent proves that augmented reality has no creative boundaries. After working with Sander on the first augmented reality flashmob in Amsterdam and Brazil, the virtual pianist in the IJ-kantine, the Stedelijk Museum art collection in augmented reality and the city shapes project for the e-culture fair in Dortmund he never stops to amaze us! And believe me when I tell you that we seen and done some stuff with mobile augmented reality that is unheard of.

Some time ago we sat down together with Sander when he told us about this great new idea he was working on. Launching an animated rocket to M.AR.S in augmented reality with real sound and today this creative idea has become reality.

Sander… again… mucho respect and keep em coming!

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MIMAQ: Visualizing air quality in augmented reality.

September 12, 2010

This weekend is very important for anyone who cares about our planet and the air that we breath. MIMAQ (short for: Mobile Individual Measurements of Air Quality) will run an advanced sensor tracking project in the city of Leiden. A team of people will ride their bicycles through the city of Leiden measuring the air quality in the city centre before and during the car free Sunday. The goal of this experiment is to find out what the effects are on the air quality when cars are present and when they are not.

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The Museum of Modern Art app puts information at visitors’ fingertips.

September 10, 2010

The next time you’re about to visit a museum, do yourself a favor and drop in on your favorite app store first. Although this article is not about augmented reality we believe that museum guides of this magnitude are a great development for the mobile industry. We are already working on indoor museum features right now so it’s just a matter of time before we will bring these concepts to your local museum. Just imagine transporting yourself to the atelier of Picasso or Mondriaan when looking at one of their sketches and paintings. We already did a great AR project with Stedelijk Museum ARTours. Have a look at the blogpost over here.

The Museum of Modern Art app puts information at visitors’ fingertips. The American Museum of Natural History app points the way to an attraction.

Most institutions have not yet created a mobile app, but as a group, museums are headed in that direction. In the last few months, free apps were released by the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History, in New York; the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (which also has an Android app).

I recently tested the newest museum apps for New York. While they take distinctly different approaches, they demonstrate the vast potential for technology to help people make the most of a museum visit.

They can also point to a restroom in a hurry.

The Museum of Natural History Explorer, which arrived in July, features a navigation system that, while flawed, helps users find exhibits and museum facilities more easily than with a printed map.

While visiting the museum with my wife and two children, for instance, we knew we couldn’t tackle the entire building in a few hours, so we opened the Tours section of the app and chose the Highlights Tour from among the four itineraries listed. (We could have also found specific exhibits in a nicely arranged directory.)

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Mysteryland 2010: the biggest dance event with augmented reality

August 27, 2010

So today we went over to Mysteryland to prepaire and test the Mysteryland layar. It’s mighty impressive what ID&T has done with the area. From what we’ve seen we can already say that this year will be the best EVER!!!! Never mind if there’s a little rain because once you’ve hit the Mysteryland grounds you’ll forget all about that! There is so much to see and do… it’s truely awesome… but unfortunately we can’t show you the pictures… sorry that’s what we agreed with ID&T.

What we CAN show you are the first snapshots of the Mysteryland Layar! Mysteryland will add a whole new dimension tomorrow. Using the Layar augmented reality browser, you will be able to explore the huge terrain through the camera of your Android- or iPhone and find out which of the 150 dj’s is performing on the 16 stages and what is the fastest way to get there. When zooming in on a stage you will be able to learn more about the dj that is on stage, what he is playing and get downloads via Dance Tunes. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Location based AR: the Third Generation

July 5, 2010

Mobile Augmented Reality on consumer devices is not even 2 years old and already at its 3rd generation regarding richness of its content model.

Apart from the very rapid technological improvements this has mostly to do with the creative innovators who adopted the new medium. These innovators constantly look for new ways to enhance the experience by adding new layers of depth and interaction models.

Mobile- or Location Based AR?

Mobile AR is an often used term to set this class of applications apart from the mostly static, marker based AR applications where a webcam attached to a computer is used to link a 3D model t a printed graphical marker. This type of application is certainly less mobile than the application class we call Mobile AR, but the main difference is that the latter uses the observer’s location as a unique trigger rather than visual recognition of a marker.

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