Author: Dirk Schart

Reality Report #9: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Only one week to go until the Augmented World Expo Europe opens its doors in Munich. More than 100 speakers and 80 exhi­bi­tors are expected to show­case their latest AR and VR trends. Besides AWE, my personal high­light for this month has been Google’s presen­ta­tion of the Pixel 2 phone. Moun­tain View deli­vered the perfor­mance we all expected from Cuper­tino earlier this month. In the smart glasses league, the light-field company Avegant announced their first deve­lop­ment kits. Enjoy reading the latest Reality Report. Continue reading Reality Report #9: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Interview: AWE Founder and SuperVentures Partner Ori Inbar on ARKit, ARCloud and AWE

On October 19th and 20th, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) will come to Munich for the first time (second time in Europe). We talked with Ori Inbar, the founder of the AWE, about the influ­ences from Apple and Google, his ideas around an AR Cloud and of course, about what we can expect at the AWE event. Continue reading Inter­view: AWE Founder and Super­Ven­tures Partner Ori Inbar on ARKit, ARCloud and AWE

Augmented Reality and the Digital Future of the Manual

Futu­ristic tech­no­lo­gies such as Augmented and Mixed Reality are often unable to show­case their full poten­tial in their initial phase. Usually the earliest inte­res­ting possi­bi­li­ties for real life appli­ca­tion are first deve­loped and tested as indus­trial proto­types in secret corpo­rate inno­va­tion labs before being rolled out into produc­tion, main­ten­ance and other processes. In short, the broad industry did not know anything about Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), nor anything about the new glasses curr­ently on the market. These times are now over. What was once science fiction for compa­nies has already come very close to ever­yday reality. AR and MR are already being used as useful tools in industry. Continue reading Augmented Reality and the Digital Future of the Manual

Reality Report #8: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Only one week to go until Apple laun­ches its new iOS with ARKit and the new iPhone, but the news just came in from Google about their own tool: ARCore. It seems like Moun­tain View has realized that ARKit will bring AR to the masses while Google’s Project Tango got stuck with lame phones and no apps avail­able. In other news, HTC has reduced the price of the Vive and Lenovo presented an Augmented Reality lights­aber. Enjoy reading the latest Reality Report. Continue reading Reality Report #8: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Why DAQRI’s Smart Glasses are an option for Augmented Reality

Most conver­sa­tions covering Augmented Reality glasses are curr­ently focused on the Micro­soft Holo­lens and the Meta 2 — followed by the rumors around Magic Leap. But there are many more players in the field such as ODG, Avegant and DAQRI. Last week, I had a meeting with DAQRI to get some updates on the product deve­lop­ments and to test their latest smart glasses. Here are some of my impres­sions. Continue reading Why DAQRI’s Smart Glasses are an option for Augmented Reality

Reality Report #7: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Google Glass is back! I always had to smile when I said it’ll come back. And here it is. But thats not all. Mira has also presented an inte­res­ting headset for Mixed Reality with the iPhone and Amazon has filed another AR patent. We have new AR/VR maps from VR Fund and the Top 50 list of AR blogs from Feed­spot. Yes, we’re on the list! Enjoy reading the latest Reality Report. Continue reading Reality Report #7: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

From Consumer to Enterprise: Why Apple will change Augmented Reality

These days, most of the news around Augmented Reality are about Apple and its new ARKit — a deve­lop­ment tool to place digital objects into real scenery and display it on iPhones and iPads. Still in its beta version, ARKit has started a second wave of public aware­ness for AR after the most successful mobile game in history: Pokémon Go. With the consumer market now finally ente­ring the AR world, it is little known that the enter­prise sector has already been using the new tech­no­logy for many years — often in stealth mode with proto­types and proof of concepts as internal apps. This is about to change comple­tely. Continue reading From Consumer to Enter­prise: Why Apple will change Augmented Reality

Reality Report #6: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Apple, Face­book and Snap are still driving the AR market with new invest­ments and patents. The biggest impact – and it will stay like this for a while – has come from Apple’s ARKit. In the last five years I’ve never seen so many people crea­ting AR examples as I am seeing now with the avai­la­bi­lity of Apples ARKit. The VC invest­ments are also going in the same direc­tion… more. This opens new doors and also new fields – whether it is about the conver­gence with AI or brain computer inter­faces. Enjoy the latest update! Continue reading Reality Report #6: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Reality Report #5: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Apple WWDC, Google I/O and Augmented World Expo. Three big happe­nings all at once and now the focus of this edition of the Reality Report. Google  already hinted heavily about their focus on AR, now the search engine has clearly indi­cated how important the tech­no­logy is – check out their major announ­ce­ments for I/O. There were also high expec­ta­tions from Apple, espe­ci­ally after a Foxconn employee leaked infor­ma­tion a day before WWDC. Even though Apple didn’t show any glasses, they did confirm Tim Cook’s promise about the impor­t­ance of Augmented Reality. With these 2 major events in action, it was also the perfect time for Augmented World Expo to host and show the global players in the AR and VR market. Continue reading Reality Report #5: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Reality Report #4: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality

Each Reality Report I try to cover all the latest monthly Augmented, Mixed and Virtual news. This month was unusual with all the major deve­lop­ments coming all at once last week.  The “Week of Wow!” began with the live streams from Facebook’s F8 confe­rence… Two years ago, Mark Zucker­berg said that AR is the plat­form of the future. Now he showed why. Also, HP is back in the game: the tech dino­saur has invested in the well-known VR Fund. And, as usual, there is no Reality Report without news from Snap – their partner Shazam has confirmed to work on AR. Reports also say that the Vive will get eye-tracking and Google Earth is on the Rift. Get excited and enjoy reading the Reality Report! Continue reading Reality Report #4: Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality