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Effects of Apple buying Metaio

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Well it’s official, Apple bought Metaio. So what could happen? In order to understand better the whole thing is important to know what Metaio (and other SDKs) does. AR SDKs To enable augmented reality (AR) in any app there are three paths to chose: Develop the AR code yourself. Unless the developing of this code…

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Why HoloLens is a game changer for augmented reality?

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Keyword: triggers. Just until recently, computing devices (PCs, tables, smartphones, etc.) needed a physical object or information on where to overlay the augmented reality experience. HoloLens changes all this. As always, it obvious today, but it wasn’t the case until not that long ago. Let’s see … The whole point of AR is to overlay…

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HoloLens vs Google Glass

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As you may know, Microsoft revealed their latest technology product: HoloLens, which -understandably- made a lot of noise on the media. Lets start by the one similarity they (Glass & HoloLens) have: They’re both -at their core- augmented reality products. Neither company calls them that way, nevertheless, they’re. They both overlay information on top of…

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Challenges of SmARtCities

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As always, there’s buzz about something. Among many topics, one that touches our domain is SmartCities. Long history short, SmartCities is based around the concept of everything and everybody in a city communicating. So, the challenge here is getting this communication take place. But what precisely is being communicated? The idea is that buildings can…

bliYAR, the newest player in the AR world

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The internet is full of gossip and rumours. That being said, sometimes the source of those rumours are quite credible. In this case, this article is mentioning that Layar is being bought by blipAR. We think this is true. Why is do we think so? Well, around two years ago we saw that Layar changed…

Google latests Acqui-hire: Quest Visual

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Previously we have talked about Word Lens, one of the first truly practical apps using AR. In case you didn’t you about them, check this video out, this is what they did: Word Lends is made by Quest Visual, last week Google bought Quest Visual. The initial and logical conclusion is that Google is buying…

The coming of Terra Icons 2.0

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About year ago we made the decision to funnel our City Icons series into one app. The decision was not easy, because it meant changing our AR engine, which is based on Layar. The app became Terra Icons v 1.0, still depends on Layar, but that was going to be the last and only version…

City Icons (our content) now available in Google Glass

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It’s no secret that our content is based on using the Layar AR engine. Last week Layar took one step further into Google Glass, by releasing the Layar app for Google Glass. Certainly, Layar is not the first one to do this in the AR world, Metaio and Wikitude have already made their stuff available…

We the people of AR

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Mobile AR has been driven by three main parties: Wikitude, Layar & Metaio. As we shared some time ago, all three used proprietary AR format, for the simple fact that each one was trying to figure it out how to do it. Thus deploying AR was first based on which platform to use, leaving the…

AR with HTML5

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The computing industry is trying to make HTML5 THE standard, specially for the mobile world. And why not? The dream under HTML5 is write once deploy everywhere, a dream started by Sun with Java, we all know where that stands. Native vs. Web There has been a long debate on whether to take the native…