AR Gravestones bring life to cemeteries

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The idea seems a little macabre, but also pretty genius: a company in Valencia, Spain that sells tombstones online is offering the option to print a QR code on your gravestone that links to augmented content. Visitors to your grave can view images or videos about you and your life.

According to the company, the idea received a surprising amount of positive attention. One customer augmented his father’s grave with pictures of a house he had restored as well as a video interview. This application was developed by the Junaio Certified Developer eDiamSistemas.

The following video is in Spanish, but shows how the concept works.

The company also offers so-called “animated” tombstones, with a built in player for images and videos. This installation is intended to make the technology more accessible to the elderly, for example, who often do not have access to smartphones. The company emphasizes, however, that they see Augmented Reality as the future – the current contracts allow for maintaining these screens for only five years – hardly an eternity.

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Scan this code with Junaio to access the RealAp channel

Another service that customers can purchase uses a Junaio channel called RealAp (see code at right) to provide geolocation services for cemeteries, displaying the location of burial sites and an image of the tombstone. This is meant to help people find their way around cemeteries and locate their loved ones.

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Happy Easter to all of you!

A guest post by Andreea Raducan

Remember those times when you were seeking the chocolate eggs everywhere in the garden? The thrill when finding one?

EasterEggsNow you can take a short trip in time and experience those Easter emotions again. Just take a break and play the Augmented Reality (AR) Game created by Treffpunkt Idee, a Junaio Certified Developer. Simply open the Junaio App from your mobile device and scan the picture below, to help the bunny find the chocolate eggs hidden in the garden. As soon as you discover an egg, just touch it with your finger to collect it!

For those of you who haven’t used Junaio before: this is an application which allows you to browse through existing Augmented Reality channels, like the Choco Eggs game and others. The app can even help you find nearby shops or other points of interest, for you to worry less and enjoy more. The Easter game was a project initiated by AIDA (an advertising agency from Munich) aiming to surprise their customers.

Developer Torsten Bierman also mentions: “For the eggs we gave a little workshop for kids. So they were able to paint the eggs with our 3-D software. You can say, they are handmade with love! Huge fun!”

Treffpunkt Idee and Junaio hope to surprise you too and wish you a Happy Easter!

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Red Cell White Cell – An AR Book

And here I thought only viruses were cute.

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Junaio Certified Developer, Michael Brown of Incog AR, recently released a STEM-based children’s book titled “Red Cell White Cell.” The book gives a concise overview of blood cells and their role in the human body. The quirky illustrations and writing style lends itself perfectly as an educational book for children. As the book’s tagline suggests, there is an augmented reality feature included, but you’ll have to purchase the book to experience it yourself!

Check out the book on Amazon and Happy Augmenting!

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Yo, who you calling bad cop?

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Shopping on the run: The new Decathlon brochure uses Augmented Reality

A guest post by Andreea Raducan

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We live in a busy world. Every day we are occupied with work, meeting friends, learning a language, taking cooking classes, buying groceries and dozens of other small but necessary things. Doing all this would be impossible without our health. For body and mental health, sports are essential, we all know this. However, it often happens that we postpone exercise because we are missing the right shoes or outfit, or most importantly: we are missing the time to actually evaluate offers and buy what we need.

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This is where Augmented Minds, Decathlon  and Junaio step in: Junaio Certified Developer, Augmented Minds has created a Junaio AR channel, for you to easily browse through Decathlon’s sportswear offerings. Wherever you are – needless to say, equipped with a smartphone or tablet and connected to internet – you can quickly find what you need using Decathlon.  In easy steps, you can browse through hundreds of articles, find the closest shops or simply order online. Moreover, you can find plenty of information about products, such as advantages, technical details, how-to-use demos, possible matches with other articles, and even customer reviews, all for you to make an informed and comfortable decision. The Easter edition “AllerlEI Sport” is the second leaflet – the first edition was already published at the end of March.

How to use the app, in 3 steps:

  1. Download Junaio for free – from the Google Playstore, iOS store or junaio website.
  2. Scan the pages you are interested in from the Decathlon leaflet
  3. Order, find a shop nearby or read further information (on Decathlon’s website / facebook page)

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Virtual Technologies are on the move & Mark Zuckerberg dreams of Augmented Reality

Originally posted on Augmented Reality Blog:

It’s a decisive time for tech industries and we were overwhelmed and thrilled by the announcement of the Metaio AREngine , the developer version of the   Google Glass , Apple buying PrimeSense and Intel announcing RealSense . Intel’s proclamation in Las Vegas  to integrate our 3-D tracking technology into the RealSense platform was a huge step for us.  We’ve noticed an tremendous growth in usage, development and interest in Augmented Reality and two major topics around AR dominated 2013: Enterprise and Wearble Computing. The purpose of all these technologies is after all to make our life easier and more natural. But it still takes more money and brains to come closer to this vision.
Oculus Rift at 2013 InsideAR

Oculus Rift at 2013 InsideAR

This week  two announcements rocked the market: HTC bringing out the new HTC One (M8) with a depth-of-field sensor and great possibilities to AR makers. And the huge giant Facebook  who surprised with the…

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Artscape – See the World Through the Eyes of Artists

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Have you ever visited a museum, and wondered if the scenes depicted in the paintings still exist? In a fascinating project from the developer Gareth Russell, who works as an ecologist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, users can access the Junaio channel and view famous works of art in their original places of creation. According to Gareth:

ArtScape uses augmented reality to place landscape paintings at the estimated location of their viewpoint — the place the artist was standing when each one was painted or sketched.

Using the free Junaio app on either iOS or Android, you can find artists’ representations of the landscape around you — see it as they saw it.

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The app allows you to view the painting alongside the “real” landscape, as a full screen view, and also to find out more about the work of art.

The project stemmed from an interest in using AR as an Environmental User Interface (EUI) to “provide a window to our natural environment.” Gareth is currently working on other projects that involve showing “live” views of trees that would show the rate of oxygen production, for example.

In addition to ArtScape, there is also a companion project called TimeScape which uses a similar approach to couple historical photos with their locations, so that the user can see what a place used to look like and compare the image with the real world view. The projects were programmed using PHP and Javascript on the server, and Mathematica for the back-end (and to generate the Javascript).

Access the Junaio channel with this code or by searching for ArtScapeartscapeQR

Both Artscape and Timescape are depending on Crowdsourcing to fill their databases.  From the Artscape website:

The database that underpins the app is crowdsourced. Users contribute views by estimating latitudes and longitudes and linking to publicly available images. Do you know the location

depicted in a famous landscape painting? Then add it to our database!

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Gareth’s other side project, TimeScape, where historical photos can be viewed on-location to provide users with an idea of what things used to look like

We think that the concept behind these ideas is a truly useful application of AR and can see a lot of potential in these projects – and in the ideas behind EUI for learning and discovery. Keep up the good work, Gareth!

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AVK Terwey augments Tamaris’ Spring/Summer Collection

Shoe manufacturer Tamaris already used Augmented Reality for their campaign for the boots winter collection 2013/14 in Germany and has recently started the spring/summer collection camapaign in magazines and with poster advertising. Junaio Certified Developer  AVK Terwey developed a Junaio channel for Tamaris to use augmented reality for an enhanced user experience while reading glossy magazines or standing in front of a bus station. Each shoe model is linked to its online shop item. Depending on the user’s location, the user will be directed to the online boutique in Germany, France, or Austria.

Berenice Terwey from AVK Terwey says: “The aim of our Junaio channel for Tamaris is to use Augmented Reality as a sales-promotion medium. Compared to traditional media, AR creates the opportunity for the user to communicate directly with the Tamaris brand and its products in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

Design, UI design / layout, implementation: AVK Terwey
3D Models : Henning Kleist

Read the full interview with Berenice Terwey in the blogpost for the Tamaris Winter Collection 2013.

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