Online clothing giant Mr Porter launches augmented reality treasure hunt to celebrate first anniversary

QR Code Scavenger Hunt

Mr Porter, an expansive online clothing retailer, has launched a new campaign to celebrate its first anniversary. The company will kick off an interactive treasure hunt later this month to mark the occasion. The hunt will span five cities around the world. These cities will be Sydney, New York City, London and Hong Kong. What makes the treasure hunt interactive is its use of augmented reality. Using the Goldrun application, participants will be able to track down digital clues that could help them win prizes from Mr Porter. The application…

Read More

Aurasma augments the real world with real-time web updates

Barcelona, Spain: Aurasma, the world’s leading augmented reality platform, has announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC 12) a new feature that enables the real world to be merged with live, dynamic web updates. This announcement follows hot on the heels of Aurasma’s launch of its 3D engine at CES 12, since rolled out by commercial partners including Bandai – one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers. The new feature, powered by HTML5, allows partners to deliver live web updates augmented into the real world. When viewed with Aurasma, print, products…

Read More

BLIPPAR LAUNCHES “BLIPP TO BUY” OFFERING FOR BRAND AND MEDIA OWNERS

*Video demonstrates how Blippar and augmented reality works. New service enables m-commerce through augmented reality technology – Follows successful trials with major brands including Tesco, Aer Lingus, Clinique and IPC Media 27th February 2012: Blippar is announcing the launch of a major new service, called Blipp to Buy, for brands and media owners that want to use its image recognition platform. Blipp to Buy is a whole new way for brands to diversify their revenue streams and capitalize on the potential of mobile commerce via image recognition and augmented reality…

Read More

Guiding Light mobile application can help people find their way with the use of augmented reality

In an effort to make augmented reality slightly more practical, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have developed a new application that uses the technology to help people find their way around buildings. The Media Lab’s Jae-Woo Chung created the application, called “Guiding Light,” as well as an accompanying badge that can be worn or posted on a surface. The badge contains magnetic sensors that the application can pick up on using the camera of a smart phone. Through the eyes of a smart phone, the badge…

Read More

Doctor Who augmented reality game from WowWee makes an appearance at London’s Toy Fair 2012

AppGear Video Augmented Reality Mobile games

WowWee, a designer of innovative high-tech entertainment products, is attending the Toy Fair 2012 convention this week in London, UK. The company is showing of a number of new mobile games for smart phones, some of which make use of augmented reality. The most popular game the company has showcased this week is their new Doctor Who game that is part of the company’s AppGear line. This is not the first time The Doctor has found himself in a video game, but it is the first time his game has…

Read More

Nestle to launch new augmented reality campaign later this month

Nestle QR codes mobile health

Nestle has made a major change to its market research budget, putting a major focus on contests and games. The famed food company is preparing to launch a new crowdsourced campaign that will help it find four new flavors for their popular Kit Kat brand of candy. The new campaign will reflect the change in Nestle’s marketing focus as it will task consumers with determining what these four flavors will be. To accomplish this, the company is adopting augmented reality. The company has built an augmented reality experience and affixed…

Read More

Mercedes-Benz enters the mobile augmented reality market with new app

Augmented Reality car

Mercedes-Benz has joined the growing number of automakers that are developing mobile augmented reality applications. Automakers are showing interest in the technology because it opens up a new avenue of consumer engagement. Because of the widespread use and ownership of smart phone, the mobile application market has proven to be more than just a passing fancy for consumers. Today, companies not developing mobile apps may be missing a major opportunity. The manufacturer has developed an app for the iOS and Android platforms that allows smart phone users to take virtual…

Read More

Grid: A real-time augmented reality maze from Sahar Fikouhi

Augmented reality continues to gain momentum in the gaming world. As the technology has grown more advanced, companies specializing in augmented reality, such as Metaio and Qualcomm, have released tools to help intrepid designers build their own AR experiences. Such is the case with Sahar Fikouhi, a computational designer and architect from London, UK. Fikouhi has developed a new game for the iPhone that plunges players into a world of staggering geometry and tasks them with navigating their way through a virtual maze. The game is called Grid and it…

Read More

Layar launches new app to help augmented reality become more consumer friendly

Augmented reality can be incredibly complex. So much so, that mobile applications using the technology can be fairly daunting to consumers. Layar, an AR developer based in Amsterdam, is looking to get consumers more comfortable with the technology and has launched a new app that will do just that. The new app, called Stiktu, allows consumers to get hands on experience with augmented reality content and share this content with their friends on any social network. Layar’s initial app, which shares the name of the company, continues to be wildly…

Read More

Top Gear magazine gets a high-tech upgrade with the help of augmented reality

Top Gear Magazine Augmented Reality

Top Gear magazine, the monthly publication of the acclaimed British car show Top Gear, has adopted augmented reality. The magazine has partnered with renown AR platform Aurasma in order to bring a new dimension to the publication. The December issue of the magazine is filled with several augmented reality experience, which readers can access by downloading the Aurasma mobile applications. These experiences include various highlights from the TV broadcast as well as behind the scenes interviews with famous guests and the show’s hosts. The app works by simply pointing a…

Read More

Researchers at the University of Tokyo build a gesture-powered computer

A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has developed a new way to use augmented reality in what they are calling a major advancement in human computer interaction. The concept behind the development – which is titled Invoked Computing – is that any physical object can be paired with a computer interface and turned into a communication device or several other tools that may be useful. This is accomplished using augmented reality technology. While the technology is most commonly known for its penchant for digital imaging, researchers say…

Read More