25 Apr

Success of the WEKIT Augmented Reality Standards Hackathon

The WEKIT project organized an Augmented Reality Standards Hackathon in Aachen, Germany on April 15-17, 2016. The objectives of the event included reaching to important stakeholders, attracting young developers into the WEKIT community, and exploring creative AR solutions. The participants were involved into brainstorming scenarios and applications of AR, identifying challenges, trying several AR hardware devices, learning about AR platforms and standards, and implementing creative solutions.

Three keynote talks have been delivered to inspire the teams and to equip them with operational knowledge of methodologies and technical tools. Bitstars & Holobuilder have presented their online AR and VR tool that can be applied for smart manufacturing and various commercial purposes. The relevant AR standards developed based on the IEEE AR learning experience models were presented by Fridolin Wild, WEKIT Science Director, followed by the presentation of the basic AR tools of the Unity platform by Giuseppe Scavo of the Open University and Mikel Salazar from Augmented Interaction.

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Presentation by Bitstars & Holobuilder

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AR Standards by Fridolin Wild

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AR tools of Unity by Giuseppe Scavo and Mikel Salazar

The 20 participants formed five teams to enter the competition. The ideas selected by the teams for implementation cover a broad range of applications in both entertainment (gaming, arts, sports) and non-leisure contexts (learning and social communication).

After two days of hard work, the teams participating in the AR race have finally presented their demos. The newly developed apps included creative solutions enabling

  • Collaborative creation of digital AR-activated artworks and notes on physical walls (#hackWalls)
  • Social interaction at various events using face recognition and AR status tags (#faceglARss)
  • Two-way interaction in exergames (#cyclops)
  • Gesture tracking experience in exergames (#boxingAR)
  • Interactive browsing of 3D models using leap motion (#explorAR)

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#cyclops demo

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#explorAR demo

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#faceglARss demo

Whilst developing their original solutions, the teams have tested and used the new hardware provided by the supporters of the event: Optinvent, Atheer, Epson, and Vuzix.

The jury selected the winning team based on the criteria of originality, use of originally developed modules and open source solutions, as well as the possibilities to further develop and expand the app in various contexts. The “hackwall” team fully met these criteria and was awarded the first prize. The “faceglARss” team has got the Alcatel prize for the most active social media coverage of the hackathon.

The atmosphere at the RWTH i5 Computer Science Center hosting the event has been full of creative vibes thanks to the great efforts of the organisers and the ideas shared by the participants.

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Hackathon organization team

The AR Standards hackathon provided excellent opportunities for learning, collaboration and exchange of ideas. New AR-focused events are planned by the in the lifetime of the WEKIT project. Stay tuned!

 

26 Mar

WEKIT AR Standards Hackathon in Aachen, Germany, 15-17 April 2016

WEKIT is calling interested developers, ICT experts, and students to participate in the WEKIT Augmented Reality Standards Hackathon. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to try different AR hardware, learn about evolving specifications designed for AR experiences, and develop fully working AR use cases. The hackathon will focus on existing and emerging standards in the field. A unique opportunity for networking, the event will bring together AR experts and junior members of the emerging community.

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The WEKIT AR Standards Hackathon will hold as follows:

  • Dates: 15 -17 April 2016
  • Location: Aachen, Germany
  • Application deadline: 8 April 2016

Visit https://wekit-community.org/hackathon/ for more information and registration.

29 Feb

WEKIT launch press release: Call for expression of interest to join WEKIT community

WEKIT_Press-release_1.0_27-02-2016_Page_1WEKIT has published a call for expression of interest to invite all interested stakeholders to join its newly formed WEKIT community in order to support the design of a new open platform for learning and training using augmented reality (AR) and wearable technology (WT). For more details about the call and the EU-funded Horizon 2020 WEKIT project, please consult the WEKIT launch press release, available on the Project Results page in the Press Kit section.

29 Feb

Augmented reality and wearables in training and education: WEKIT partners launch stakeholder survey

The WEKIT partners are pleased to invite all stakeholders in Augmented reality (AR) and wearable technologies (WT) to share their experience and future expectations of AR and WT in learning and training by participating in a short expert survey. The aim of this survey is to harvest feedback from interested stakeholders that will be used to design the WEKIT framework, embodied in a public technology roadmap and an open platform for learning solutions enabled by AR and WT. We are seeking feedback primarily, but not exclusively, from the following actors in Europe and beyond:

  • Research labs and universities working in the areas of AR/WT-based learning and industrial (vocational) training
  • Public and private developers of AR and WT hardware and software
  • Designers of AR/WT-based educational technologies and content
  • In-house training centers and HR companies interested in enhancing their training programmes with AR/WT elements
  • Industrial and other users of training programmes (e.g., factories, service companies)
  • Trade unions, labour organisations, professional associations, local communities and public organisations interested in defining new standards and policies in AR/WT-based learning and testing new solutions.

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To access the survey, please click here. The full survey questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete. We highly appreciate your feedback and contribution to the advancement of the AR training industry in Europe.

13 Jan

WEKIT kick-off

The WEKIT kick-off meeting was held on 11-12 January in Milan, Italy. The objective was to fine tune project objectives and action plans for the upcoming months.

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Presentation of research on wearables at Ravensbourne

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Enthusiastic scientific chairing of the meeting by Fridolin Wild

In addition to a series of general management and specific work package presentations, three thematic workshops were organised by the WEKIT partners to brainstorm about the WEKIT framework and stakeholder needs (by OUNL), use cases and applications of Augmented Reality and Wearable Technologies (by OU), as well as open tools for software programming and communication based on open software licenses and standards (by RTWH). The outcomes of these workshops will feed back to the work package activities.

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Brainstorming use cases and training scenarios

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Trials of AR applications developed by VVT

More photos are published in our community page on Facebook.