Augmented Reality applications developer metaio has launched an Android version of its browser Junaio. This browser using ‘Glue technology’, not only obtains information on nearby POIs such as shops, restaurants or train stations, but the camera`s eye is now able to identify objects and “glue” object specific real-time, dynamic, social and 3D information onto the object itself.
For example, users will be able to take any CD cover and access the related online information simply by pointing their smartphone at the CD.
Check out app demo video below:
Full Press Release Below:
metaio and kooaba: Taking Mobile Augmented Reality to new Levels
MUNICH / ZURICH / SAN FRANCISCO, June 1st, 2010 – metaio`s exciting new “augmented reality” browser junaio® has extended its capabilities beyond the usual location based internet services. Not only may the user obtain information on nearby POIs such as shops, restaurants or train stations, but the camera`s eye is now able to identify objects and “glue” object specific real-time, dynamic, social and 3D information onto the object itself. This unique feature is now being extended through collaboration with kooaba and its visual object search capability, providing access to kooaba`s extensive object databases. Initially available on Android, an iPhone release will follow soon.
Using the proven metaio technology of image recognition and object tracking, junaio® is able to identify an object through the phone`s camera, access relevant information through visual search and then virtually “glue” information displays onto it, rendered in a way only metaio`s augmented reality engine can achieve. By moving the object or camera the user is able to interact with the “glued” augmented reality layer in order to navigate through information, rotate 3D displays, issue game commands, provide feedback, etc.
Peter Meier, metaio`s CTO, comments: “We are taking AR to a new level. The combination of Visual Search and Object Tracking is an amazing and highly intuitive way of interacting with objects and information.”
Make your message stick with junaio® glue
The combination of server side and client based image processing is the next step towards an ever present and highly accurate information overlay on physical objects in our real world. The future prospects of this augmented vision are tremendous. Useful and entertaining information may be called up based on places or objects around you. Multimedia experiences can be triggered by images, signs, posters, magazines or newspaper pages, packaging or any other object nearby. Ratings, tips, affiliates and other e-commerce functions can be displayed on real products. Advertisers may “augment” their print ads with games or added displays. Museums may offer a guided tour of their art treasures through augmented reality. The possibilities are endless.
The talking CD
As a first example users will be able to take any CD cover and access the related online information simply by pointing their smartphone at the CD. This service is available on junaio® within the kooaba channel. It allows the CD`s specific information to be found through kooaba`s advanced visual search capabilities and its extensive CD database. The user will then be able to see band related merchandise on ebay, affiliates or customer ratings, the nearby events of the artist and a 3D animation related to the content category. junaio® then “glues” this information directly onto the camera image of the CD, allowing the user to interact and navigate through these displays simply by rotating the CD.
Dr. Till Quack, kooaba`s CTO, says: “CDs are only the beginning. Our database is constantly growing. The visual search and live-rendering will be accessible for more and more services and products.”
How to get your own information onto junaio®?
The junaio® environment is growing rapidly with exciting content around events, city features, objects, products, news media. If your company or organisation wishes to participate and also make information and messages available on junaio® you need to set up and maintain your own public channel. To get started please contact our team.