Snowy Weekly Linkfest

Back. It seems that I escaped London on the very last minute before the airports closed down. Here's a rundown of augmented reality links for the last couple of weeks:
  • PrimeSense, Willow Garage, and Side-Kick Games join hands to create to OpenNI an organization whose goal is to promote natural interaction. First step was releasing 'official' drivers for Kinect.
  • DanKam, an AR application for the color blind, is simple and brilliant in the same time, and at least according to my twitter feed, it actually works.
  • Here we go again. The Augmented Reality Summit to be held in London on June 16th is the first of 2011 crop of commercial AR events.
  • Metaio have some cool augmented magic tricks to celebrate Christmas.
  • Follow this link to see a video of bad acting and terrible music. Oh, and some clever eye tracking based augmented reality UI from Helsinki university of technology.
  • A nice piece on Neatorama, which went QR crazy lately, on surprising mediums for QR codes, including a sand castle and a M&Ms.
The biggest news these days is Word Lens. I'm sure you have all seen it already, and I plan to write full post on it next week, but for the oft chance you haven't yet encountered it - it's augmented reality based translation app for the iPhone. Or in other words, magic:




Have a great week, winter/summer solstice and merry Christmas!

2 comments:

Matt said...

I hope you do a write up with actually trying it. We tried it at the office and it's definitely not as anywhere near polished as the video shows. ReadWriteWeb did an actual review here - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/amazing_instant_translation_app_looks_great_in_vid.php

I think this is one of the most amazing utilities for AR but again what is the reality vs. concept video...

rouli said...

Thanks Matt for the link! I wonder why RWW stopped tagging their articles with 'augmented reality'.

I read other reviews saying the same.
However, the very fact QuestVisual were successful in making it work in lab and excite the imagination of almost 2 million viewers is magic by itself and I think a very necessary breath of fresh air to a somewhat sleepy field.

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