Qualcomm already has a product called Vuforia that empowers developers to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices. With over 100,000 registered developers across 130 countries, we now have roughly 10,000 apps available today on Android and iOS. Today at Uplinq, Qualcomm is taking it one stop further by announcing the Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear.
This SDK will give developers the necessary tools to make augmented reality apps for digital eyewear devices such as the Moverio BT-200 and the upcoming Samsung Gear VR. Maybe even Google Glass. With advanced computer vision functionality, these devices will be able to recognize images and objects in the user’s field of view. With this SDK, Vuforia applications will be able to dynamically adapt to a wearer’s facial geometry thanks to an easy-to-use calibration method.
Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.
A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.
Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.
Google’s Niantic Labs already created the augmented reality hit, Ingress, and today it was revealed that they are working on a new one based on the new book trilogy called ENDGAME by bestselling author James Frey.
The first book in the series, called ENDGAME: THE CALLING, will come out on October 7th, 2014. Each book in the series will feature an interactive puzzle, which will include clues and riddles throughout the text. There will also be a major prize for each book. For ENDGAME: THE CALLING, there will be a public display of gold that is in a bullet-proof glass case. Players will join the battle from around the world, and whomever is able to solve the puzzle, they will get the key and will be able to open the case and claim the gold. Whenever that happens, it will be broadcasted on YouTube.
Also part of this deal is fifteen original e-book novellas, and Google will be distributing six of them exclusively in the Play Store. You can expect the game to launch on Android and iOS devices in late 2014.
Full presser after the break.
Qualcomm’s Vuforia division continues to impress me each year at CES. We already showed you some of the newer apps utilizing the Vuforia platform, but now it’s time to look at the future. Qualcomm Vice President of Business Development, Jay Wright, gave me a glimpse of Vuforia “Smart Terrain” and it blew me away.
With Smart Terrain, apps can see real world objects and calculate their height, weight, and depth to build visuals for interaction. With just a few objects, you can literally create your own battlefield. Just aim a smartphone or tablet equipped with a 3D camera at the objects and this app will map out a 3D grid around them. You have to see it to believe it.
Check out this hands on video after the break and be amazed.
CES is full of hardware, but there is some really cool software as well. We always get together with the Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality team to see what cool stuff they have, and as usual, they treated us to some very innovative stuff. Last year at this time, there were over 2,500 augmented reality apps using the Vuforia platform, and this year there are now over 4,000 (for both Android and iOS). From education to helping you decide what size TV you can place in your living room, the possibilites with augmented reality apps are limitless.
Here at CES 2014, Qualcomm Vice President of Business Development, Jay Wright, showed me a really cool coloring app for kids called CalAR Mix and Sony’s “What TV – Sony Buying Guide” that lets you see if that 75-inch TV is going to fit in your living room.
Hit the break for the very cool video.
Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has reached a critical mass with a relatively large following even before it’s public release earlier today.
Although the game was set aside as a minor gaming project for Google’s Niantic Labs at its beta launch, we’re finally starting to see what all of this actually means.
John Hanke, a key leader on the project and a co-creator of Google Earth, likened Ingress to a “concept project” that could eventually turn into a platform to allow anyone to create an alternate reality game of their own.
If you’re of the augmented reality type and enjoy wandering around your neighborhood with face in phone, we’ve got some updated news for you. The long awaited augmented reality game, Ingress, is now available for those who didn’t make the beta cut or never got an invite. Ingress is a sci=fi action game created by Google’s Niantic Labs and it looks like they’re ready for more prospects to join in on the festivities. If you’re ready to join the resistance and save humanity, all you need to do is download the game. Check out the description from the play store and don’t forget to hit up the video trailer as well. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Despite all the angst Google Glass has induced due to the picture and video capabilities of the devices which seem to dominate early adopter use cases, Google Glass probably has much more potential to change how people use technology when other apps start to roll out. Augmenting reality using Google Glass is one such use that has a lot of potential for future development. The first steps to that goal were recently released by the development team of Brandyn White and Andrew Miller, part of a project called OpenGlass that is working on an open-source library for Google Glass. Their new demonstration shows how the concept of augmented reality could be used to discover more information about the real world environments all around us.
Yesterday we saw the reactivation of the @DroidLanding Twitter account with posts indicating a new scavenger hunt utilizing an augmented reality app was on the way to Verizon. Postings have continued today with a couple tweets of photos of some of the mechanized “wARriors” that will be available in the game. The account also released a link to a YouTube video trailer for the DROID Combat/D:COM app. The video shows some game play and screens for selecting your Droid warrior.
Ingress, a sci-fi augmented reality game that incorporates some of the real world into its gameplay, received an update today from developer NianticLabs@Google. The update includes a couple features that users will probably find especially useful. The first of these improvements is a change to the Inventory carousel to display information like portal health and faction control. The second usability improvement is the addition of notifications for “Portal under attack,” “Portal neutralized,” and “@<codename>” messages.
Other changes in the latest update include support for Jarvis Virus and ADA Refactor objects and Recharge visual animation to go along with several bug fixes. If you are interested in trying out Ingress, you can grab the app using one of the download links below. Then you will need to receive an invite as the app is still in a closed beta stage.
Google Play Download Link