New PDR standards initiative

April 17th, 2014 No comments

In the first weeks of April 2014, Jacques Lemordant from Université Joseph Fourier (linked to partner INRIA) traveled to Osaka City University in Japan to help create an International working group focused on indoor navigation and PDR benchmarking (this initiative came from the efforts of VENTURI). Together with Takeshi Kurata (AIST, Tuskuba), Koji Makita (AIST, Tuskuba) and Daisuke Yoshida (OCU) they aim to propose a standard format for Pedestrian Dead Reckoning.

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Pervasive Computing and Communications

March 28th, 2014 Comments off

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Between the 24th and 28th March 2014, Håkan Jonsson (from Sony) presented his paper on “Proximity-based reminders using Bluetooth” at the IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, Budapest (Hungary). Håkan demonstrated the Memorit application and how it has been used for data collection that in turn has been used in the development of the Proximates social context engine.

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Workshop on Pervasive and Context-Aware Middleware

December 3rd, 2013 Comments off

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On the 3rd December 2013, Håkan Jonsson from Sony presented a paper entitled “Proximates: A social context engine” and some initial results from applications and user studies at the 3rd International Workshop on Pervasive and Context-Aware Middleware, Dublin (Ireland).

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ICT 2013

November 21st, 2013 No comments

The ICT 2013 event was held at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius from the 6-8 November 2013 and represented a unique opportunity for projects and companies to showcase their research, ICT products and innovative creations. The VENTURI stand was one of the 200+ exhibits which covered a diverse set of research results and products, ranging from cars and advanced robots to very small components, software, new business or new services.
The exhibition is grouped according to 5 themes
* digitally empowered citizens; – Putting the individual in the centre.
* smart and sustainable cities for 2020+; – Putting the city in the centre.
* industry and business for tomorrow; – Putting the competitiveness of European industry in the centre.
* intelligent connecting intelligence; – Putting networking, interfacing, integration in the centre.
* culture, science and creativity. – Putting content in the centre.

The VENTURI demo, in the “culture, science and creativity” theme, consisted of a software and hardware technology showcase woven into the form of an AR game experience on a table-top miniature city. The player accomplishes a set of missions (i.e. burger deliveries in a limited time), by steering a virtual car with a mobile AR device through the real city. Spatial 3D audio effects add to the immersive experience of the game. The demonstration showed state-of-the-art real-time markerless 3D tracking on a mobile device. Visual feature extraction/tracking and advanced hardware sensor data fusion algorithms are exploited to provide a high level of robustness and performance. The city model was geometrically reconstructed in a prior offline stage: a 3D map of sparse feature points is used for efficient tracking, whilst a watertight 3D model of the city facilitates precise occlusion handling and collision detection.

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Experimenta

October 12th, 2013 Comments off

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Between the 10th and 12th October, Jacques Lemordant, Thibaud Michel and Mathieu Razafimahazo introduced the VENTURI Y1 game to visitors. Markerless tracking, occlusion model and 3D audio concepts have been the 3 elements mainly explained at EXPERIMENTA.
For its third edition, over 1,500 visitors attended the EXPERIMENTA at MINATEC in Grenoble, within the framework of the Isère Science Festival. The three-day Arts, Science and Design Exhibition was attended by professionals and the public with productions interfacing new technologies and artistic creativity. Scientists from CEA Grenoble, research institute (INRIA), students from Polytechnic of Grenoble and entrepreneurs displayed their works of unique and interactive models.

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insideAR 2013

October 11th, 2013 Comments off

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On the 10th and 11th October 2013, Oliver Ruepp, Katharina Buckl and Christian Lipski (all from metaio) manned a stand at insideAR 2013 in Munich, Germany. It is one of the largest events in the field of Augmented Reality worldwide and Metaio presentation its funded research projects, one of those projects is the VENTURI, to hundreds of visitors.

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LUCAS-day

October 1st, 2013 Comments off

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“LUCAS-day” was held in Lund, Sweden. Günter Alce from Sony presented a poster about “WozARd: A Wizard of Oz Tool for Mobile AR”. LUCAS-day was about Cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The theme of the LUCAS-day 2013 was “How the cloud comes closer – call it mist if you like”, when the flexibility and capacity offered by cloud technologies are combined with the locality of IoT technologies. Günter was selected as an industry speaker to talk about their challenges and practices and present ongoing and future re-search in applied software at Lund University. http://www.lth.se/programvaruportalen/kalendarium/lucas_2013/2013-10-01-lucas-day/

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Researchers’ Night 2013

September 30th, 2013 No comments

On the 27th September 2013 the VENTURI AR city technology demonstrator was taken to the MUSE in Trento, Italy, for a hands-on demo to the general public at Researchers’ Night. During this evening, which went on until 1am, the public were given a chance to glance behind the scenes of research labs that are normally closed to the public, interact with science shows, try hands-on experiments and attend workshops. Representing the VENTURI project, from Fondazione Bruno Kessler, were Lorenzo Porzi and Manuel Aravecchia. There was a great deal of interest from families attending the event and several hundred children enjoyed playing with the virtual car inside the model city.

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Kulturnatten

September 22nd, 2013 No comments

On the 21st September 2013, during the “Kulturnatten” in Lund, Sweden, Günter Alce from Sony presented the VENTURI 1st year demonstrator. Kulturnatten is an open free event for everyone to come, see and try different demos. Example of demos: Walk around in the virtual city of Pompeii, Kivik graveyard, Augmented Reality game (VENTURI Y1-demonstrator) etc.

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State of the Map 2013

September 16th, 2013 No comments

From 6th-8th September 2013, Jacques Lemordant, Thibaud Michel and Mathieu Razafimahazo from VENTURI partner INRIA, presented two scientific papers at the State of the Map 2013 conference in Birmingham, UK. Jacques Lemordant gave a presentation on “Customizable Interactive Audio Rendering of OSM Maps” to participants of the conference. This presentation highlights the potential of OSM in AR applications with accent on how to use audio to make application more immersive. Three examples were given corresponding to the VENTURI 1st year demonstrator, 2nd-year demonstrator show casing navigation of blind people and the 3rd-year demonstrator targeting augmented cities. In another session, Thibaud Michel gave a presentation on “OSM and micro mobility: mapping with scooters”.
This presentation showed how is it possible to model indoor buildings and mainly why it’s important for Visually Impaired people (which was linked to the 2nd-year VENTURI demonstrator).

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