MoMo #13: Hands-On Augmented Reality

When: Monday March 1, 2010
Beginning at 16:00 (NOT the usual time) for the tours.
Networking from 18:00 to 20:00

registration recommended here

Location for field trips
the Polyterasse in front of ETH (top of the PolyBahn).
Location for networking (below the polyterasse).




We are all surrounded by objects and places which can be linked with digital information. When using a mobile device, such as a smart phone, the real world is enriched. Applications go far beyond “simple navigation.” Mobile Augmented Reality is a new user interface which merges the real and digital worlds for pleasure, learning, practical and professional applications.

First, the user must download to the smart phone an application for Mobile AR. With this running, the user will open their video camera and have on their screen a dynamic interface offering interaction beyond what only the “real world” can offer. Mobile AR spans everything from manufacturing, surgical applications to mountain peaks!

During this special Mobile Monday experiential (and experimental) event, there will be the opportunity to really explore Augmented Reality first hand. You will have a Mobile AR “tour guide” for a small group. There will be games, services for students, professionals, and tourists. Bring your smartphone and be prepared to really discover the place where you live or visit.

Format for this meeting: This meeting will focus entirely on interactive demonstrations and having first-hand exposure to Mobile Augmented Reality.

There will be four field trip options from which you will be able to choose two:
1. Fun with AR (Augmented Reality games on your mobile)
2. Social AR (User Generated content with AR on your mobile)
3. Indoor AR (Natural Feature Recognition and Google Goggles)
4. Outdoor/travel AR (featuring SwissPeaks and other applications)

Before the meeting: To prepare for this special Mobile Monday event, you may want to install an AR application or “browser” to have your personal phone for use during the event. If you have an iPhone 3GS, please go to the iPhone AppStore and download one of the Mobile AR Browsers or any Mobile AR application. You can find them by searching for Augmented Reality. You will find them provided by:

1. Layar

2. Mobilizy

3. metaio

4. GeoVector

There are also many application providers. For example, see kooaba application for iPhone in AppStore. We will update this page with a list of those applications we will be featuring in our demonstrations.

If you have a Nokia N95, N97 or other model with GPS or which meets the requirements, you may go to the Ovi Store and download the Mobilizy AR Browser for Symbian.

If you have an Android phone, go to the Android Application Marketplace and search for Augmented Reality, you will be able to select applications from:

1. Layar

2. Mobilizy

3. GeoVector

For the outdoor/travel exploration field trip (#4 on the list above), search for, download and install:
SwissPeaks (more information)
Peaks ($)
Point de vue ($)

These applications are all for the iPhone 3GS. The ($) means you have to pay for the app.

If you do not have a smart phone: Don’t worry! Come anyways! We will have some extra phones for sharing with people who are eager to experiment but have not yet purchased a smart phone. During our networking time, we will gladly welcome everyone, even if you were unable to take part in the hands-on portion of the event.

Your AR tour guides

Christine Perey, PEREY Research & Consulting

Christine is an independent consultant and industry analyst focusing on mobile social networking, mixed and augmented reality and other uses for machine learning as a basis for intelligent network-based consumer-facing services (such as the Internet of Things). She is an evangelist working at the intersection of research and business, providing technology transfer and business development services in her domains of expertise. She co-founded the Mobile Monday Switzerland chapter.
Web site

Matthias Sala,

Matthias is founder and CEO of Gbanga, a mobile multi-player trans-reality game start-up he launched in 2006. Previously he was a researcher at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) on a project for activity-targeted mobile information. He is among the winners of CTI Venture Leaders prize 2009 with Gbanga and of the second prize in Sentient Future Competition with a vision for an intelligent waste management system based on RFID. Recently, he organized a SuperHappyDevFlat in Zurich and the StartupCamp Switzerland in Basel. He holds an MSc in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, where he studied ubiquitous computing, distributed networks and pervasive gaming.
Web site
QuackTill Quack, kooaba and EHTZ BiWi Till Quack is co-founder and CTO of kooaba AG and a post doctoral researcher at BiWi Computer Vision Lab at ETH Zurich. He obtained a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, he was research assistant and Ph.D. student at the Computer Vision Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland with Prof. Luc Van Gool. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science ( from ETH Zurich for his work on mining and retrieval of visual data in a multimodal context in 2009. His recent research interests include multi-modal mining of data from community photo collections.
BiWi web site and kooaba
QuackSibylle Peuker, Swisscom Sibylle works at Swisscom Strategy&Innovation. She is exploring new ways to design information and communication services using new interaction techniques like Augmented Reality or multi-touch. She is convinced that AR is becoming one of the most important interaction paradigms on the mobile phone.XING profile.
GiladGilad Geron, EHTZ Gilad Geron is a M.Sc. Management, Technology and Economics student at ETH Zurich. He is a student-assistant at the chair of Information Management where he develops mobile applications.


There is no cost, but we highly encourage you to register in advance using our Amiando page.

registration recommended here

Need help? Want to help? Have suggestions?

If you have suggestions for places to meet or demonstrations you would like us to feature, please send e-mail to Christine Perey

If you have suggestions for speakers, or would like to communicate with the host of this meeting, please send e-mail to Christine Perey
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