Augmented reality (AR) software and solutions provider Metaio, has announced the development of the first-ever hands-free, marker-less augmented automotive manual using Google Glass.
Metaio will additionally update and optimise its core technology and leading augmented reality platform to accommodate the major wearable device providers like Epson, Google and Vuzix, all of which will be presented on 10-11 October in Munich at Metaio’s annual technology conference, InsideAR.
The hands-free interactive car manual prototype developed by Metaio will be the first time that augmented reality on wearable computing will be shown to be productive and commercially viable.
Metaio R&D developed thes new prototype as a proof-of-concept of the capabilities of its AR platform on wearable devices. A new type of 3-D tracking and recognition technology engineered by Metaio utilises CAD models to recognise and overlay 3-D content onto the real world counterpart.
Since no markers, GPS or point clouds are required, the stability of the augmented reality experience increases dramatically, while remaining almost immune to variable lighting, glare, position, and other environmental factors that tend to interfere with vision-based experiences.
Metaio will update its leading augmented reality platform to include the new tracking technology presented in the demo, in addition to adding support for major wearable computing devices, including Epson Moverio, Google Glass and Vuzix M-100.
And looking toward a wearable ecosystem, Metaio will upgrade 3-D and 2-D visualisation to include programmable shaders and other camera optimisations that will allow for more robust tracking and an overall more realistic user experience.
InsideAR attendees will get the chance to try the demo on Google Glass, along with many other wearable demos that feature hands-free augmented reality. Developers and non-developers alike can learn how they can use the Metaio AR platform to build next-generation wearable apps, with the Metaio SDK, Creator and Cloud services.
“We’re going beyond one-off passive viewing experiences,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “Metaio is taking all the necessary steps to ensure an always on, always augmented future, and we’re beginning that journey in a big way at this year’s InsideAR in Munich.”
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