The international symposium on mixed and augmented reality closed its doors after a week of augmented craziness. Thanks to the committee for organizing the event and holding it in Florida. I’m sure more and more videos will hit the Internet sooner or later, documenting a bit more of current state of the art augmented reality. And a clap on the shoulder and big thanks to Tish, Ori and Thomas for sharing their impressions (see below for their reports).
- Ori’s epilogue to ISMAR 2009, putting together a top ten impressions list
- Tish’s coverage and summary with pictures of the conference
- Thomas has more on ISMAR, here a special on state of the art HMD hardware
Really nice reads so head over to their pages yourself. It’s 100% worth reading it all. Besides, the AR browser progress, evolving standards, HMD dreams, more advertisement AR and improved tracking – most striking news for me was:
a) Georg Klein (formerly Oxford University AR) went to Microsoft. This will definitively push AR forward, bringing together such a big global player with such a great AR reseacher and coder. Hopefully this will yield in a great new and soon available product, popping out of their research labs… this happened before with 3DVSystems, who were bought by Microsoft and thus created pretty fast the Project Natal outcome. To be released… 2010?
b) Kent Demaine, visual effects god for minority report (see IMDB) showed up at ISMAR, too. oooii is pretty interested in AR and hiring and I like the way thinks get into real-time movie area. I’m totally there. I’m still waiting for my project and proof of concept of an augmented reality television for each viewer to come true. When AR is ready to be used as a previz tool for movie sets – give me a call. Wait, no, give me a call today and I’ll do it for you!!! :)