NEWS ARLAB 2007

December 20, 2007
December 19, 2007

On Monday December 17 Dutch daily newspaper 'Het Financieele Dagblad' published an article on Augmented Reality and the projects of AR+RFID Lab in its 'Research / Applications' section. The article included short interviews of our partners and friends from companies like Fabrique, Chess and Cybermind.

On December 6 also another article on Augmented Reality was published in 'PM', a journal for national, regional and local authorities. Journalist Eefje Rammeloo visited our Lab.

Only in Dutch:

Nieuwe realiteit door kunst en commercie
Wammes Bos

Den Haag
Een jongen loopt door een zaal met een merkwaardige helm op. Dan, wij zien nu wat hij ziet, komen er witte ellipsvormige bollen uit de muur; ze zweven om de pilaren heen, hij probeert ze te pakken. Maar de bollen bestaan niet, het zijn digitale beelden die zo echt lijken als de pilaren en de mensen om hem heen.

Het filmpje is te zien via de website van de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Den Haag, waar docenten en studenten ruim een jaar bezig zijn met ‘augmented reality’ of AR, nog het best te vertalen als ‘aangevulde werkelijkheid’. Want dit is anders dan virtual reality, waar alles fake is. Deze helmachtige bril met software en in de ruimte aangebrachte markers, stelt de drager in staat om digitaal geprojecteerde objecten te ervaren in de echte wereld.

Een fantastisch werkterrein voor kunstenaars, maar het is meer, vertelt Yolande Kolstee van de Haagse... Read more

November 28, 2007

AR+RFID Lab was one of the nominated projects for the Education Innovation Award 2007.

On Wednesday, November 21, Yolande Kolstee, our project leader, presented the mission of the AR+RFID Lab to the audience and participants of the National Education Congress in Eindhoven and got a second place in the competition for this award. The winner of the Education Innovation Award 2007 is DevLab, cooperative initiative of SME's and higher education institutes in The Netherlands.

November 18, 2007

On Saturday, December 15 the AR+RFID Lab participated in the Design Den Haag event with two presentations - one at the Royal Academy of Art, for interior and industrial designers, and another one for the larger audience during the Design Den Haag networking evening in the Vestia building in The Hague.

Besides that, the AR+RFID Lab team and its partners were celebrating the end of the first successful subsidied project by SIA/RAAK innovation programme. From January 2008 till December 2009, the AR+RFID Lab will continue its activity based on another grant from 'RAAK Publiek' funds.

November 15, 2007

The AR lab team is working on an Augmented Reality application in the field of interior design and architecture.

In the demonstration below, virtual furniture can be attached to optical markers that are movable in real space.

October 19, 2007

We are happy to annouce that our AR+RFID Lab is now moved to a larger and brighter room BB.103 at the Royal Academy of Art, just on the opposite side of our former location. Feel free to visit our new office and join the next Augmented Reality demostration on Tuesday, November 13 from 14.00 till 18.00.

September 25, 2007

AR Lab's artist in residence, Marina de Haas, worked with Wim van Eck, Jan Willem Brandenburg, Jurjen Caarls and Alwin van Rooij to create a unique audio-visual AR environment made of round objects leading back to the basics of all organic shapes on earth.

The elliptical shapes come out of the walls and find their way into the exhibition space. When you wear the Augmented Reality headset you must stay in a circle of 1.50 meter around the table, which is set in the middle of the space near the wall. Here you will see and hear spheres flying through the space. The whole background setting is also accompanied by sounds of movement and breathing, such as when spheres come out of the walls or dive back into them.

September 19, 2007

On Friday and Saturday, September 21-22 from 17.00 till 00.00 the AR+RFID Lab will present its new Augmented Reality installation in the Filmhuis / ZAAL 7 (Spui 191, Den Haag). Our exhibition is a part of TodaysArt Festival, an event for adventurous creativity in design, music, art, fashion, art-science, theater, film and other disciplines and crossovers.

AR+RFID Lab artist in residence Marina de Haas together with Wim van Eck, Jan Willem Brandenburg, Jurjen Caarls and Alwin van Rooij created a unique audio-visual AR environment made of round objects leading back to the basics of all organic shapes on earth. The ellipse shapes come out of the walls and find their way into the space of Zaal 7. When you wear the Augmented Reality headset you are bound to stay in a circle of 1.50 meter from the table, which is set
in the middle of the space near the wall. This means you will see and hear spheres flying through the space. The whole background setting is also guided by sound, moving, breathing, with sphere’s coming out of the walls and move back into the walls.

August 31, 2007

On Friday, August 31 the AR+RFID Lab gave a presentation and lecture (by Jurjen Caarls) on Augmented Reality during ACIVS 2007 (Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems) international scientific conference organized by TU Delft.

The conference covered such topics as image and video processing, pattern analysis, remote sensing and many others.
See ACIVS 2007 programme for more information.

July 17, 2007

Our new grant application 'Interactive visualization technologies in art and design' has been accepted by the evaluation committee of the Stichting Innovatie Alliantie (SIA) and is one of the selected 17 projects subsidised by the RAAK-Publiek grant programme from January 2008.

RAAK (Regionale Aandacht en Actie voor Kenniscirculatie) is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science with a goal to stimulate innovation in higher education through knowledge transfer and regional cooperation with small and medium enterprises. The total budget of all subsidised projects this year is 5,5 milion Euro.
The AR+RFID Lab is funded by SIA/RAAK for the second time.
The previous grant for academic year 2006-2007 will continue until the end of 2007.

July 5, 2007

On Saturday June 30 the Queen of The Netherlands Beatrix opened the graduation exhibition of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. Niels Mulder, student of the Post Graduate Course Industrial Design and Jacob de Baan, coordinator of the studies had an unique opportunity to show the prototype of the new Augmented Reality headset to Her Majesty.

The exhibition of projects of almost 200 students graduating at KABK this year (including the project of Niels Mulder) will be open to the general public until Sunday July 8.

July 5, 2007

On Friday June 29 the AR+RFID Lab gave a demonstration of Augmented Reality at the exhibition 'Virtueel Realisme' organized by BacinolEXPO in Delft, an association in the field of art, design and architecture.

The presentation of our Lab was an opportunity for the visitors of the exhibition to see and experience the differences between Virtual and Augmented Reality in practice. Building of Bacinol. Posters announcing the exhibition. Optical markers, data-glove and RFID-tagged objects ready for the demo. Yolande Kolstee explaining how things work. The audience. Wim van Eck helping to install the headset. At this moment the head-mounted display, the camera and inertia tracker are roughly assembled using an adhesive tape, however we were also proud to present... ... the prototype of the new headset designed by Niels Mulder, student of the Post Graduate Course Industrial Design at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. The AR+RFID Lab plans to embedd its technology to that design in the near future.

May 23, 2007

On Tuesday, the 22nd of May AR+RFID Lab presented its interactive installation at the ICTDELTA, IT innovation congress in Beatrix Theater, Jaarbeurs Utrecht at the stand of Stichting Innovatie Alliantie, an association financially suporting our Lab from the RAAK grant programme for higher education.

In the afternoon Pieter Jonker gave a lecture on Augmented Reality in the panel on Embedded software and systems. ICTDELTA attracted many institutes and companies in creative industry such as IBM, Ericsson, Telematica Institut or TNO, besides AR+RFID Lab including also other art and media organizations in The Netherlands like Waag Society, Virtueel Platform and V2_. Our stand. Project leader of the AR+RFID Lab, Yolande Kolstee talking to visitors. The design of the new headset prototype is in progress, however the AR+RFID Lab is already using the new stereo Head Mounted Display Visette 45 SXGA. Interior designer and AR+RFID Lab partner Barbara Vos presented 3D visualizations of a snack bar interior in Augmented Reality. RFID-chipped hamburger. Demonstration

May 14, 2007

Students of the postgraduate course Industrial Design at the Academy worked with AR Lab's partner Fabrique on the prototype design of the Augmented Reality headset. It is based on the elements of the Visette 45 SXGA, with a miniturized embedded camera platform and a motion detector.

April 20, 2007

Augmented Reality Theater is an interactive installation with virtual 3D animated puppets in AR, data-gloves and physical objects tagged with RFID.

For the first time both technologies – Augmented Reality and Radio Frequency Identification – have been combined in an entertaining, interactive show pushing traditional puppet theater to the 21st century. Using a data-glove, the user is able to control the position and facial expression of the puppet in Augmented Reality. Besides that various physical objects tagged with RFID are used to trigger changes in the puppet's behaviour and looks. Check the report from unDEAF for more info, videos and pictures! The shark, one of our 3D puppets, is cooking in Augmented Reality. With the data-glove the user can control the position and facial expression of the puppet. Various objects tagged with RFID trigger changes in the behaviour and look of the puppet. The integration of AR and RFID was made possible due to the great expertise and programming skills of Jurjen Caarls. Pawel doing the show. Other works presented at unDEAF... like Led Throwies by Graffiti Research Lab... ... or Blender by Andrea Reyes and Marcus Graf. Concerts and performances. Wim van Eck gave a lecture on Animal Controlled Computer Games. Then Rui Guerra took us on a tour of software culture. On April 15, unDEAF became DEAF at V2_Studio. unDEAF Ex_posed. Artists presenting their interactive installations. AR Lab preparing for the presentation. Doing the... Read more

March 16, 2007

On Saturday, April 14 AR+RFID Lab will present its new project combining AR, data-gloves and RFID in an experimental theater play and installation during unDEAF - uncurated, unmoderated, self-organizational satellite event of the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF) in Rotterdam.

February 26, 2007

Read the article in The Boston Globe on our new Augmented Reality headset based on Visette 45 SXGA and Lab's concept regarding integration of AR with RFID.

January 30, 2007

The Netherlands is a country where a rich tradition in typographical design not only manifests itself in the creation of excellent typefaces for print but also for consumption and the arts.

Dutch people – as Gert Dumbar says – are also letter-eaters, as illustrated by traditional Dutch letter chocolate and letter pasta. For the 325th anniversary of the leading typography design institute in Europe, the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (where the AR Lab is located), refers to this national passion for typography by creating “Augmented Letter Soup”, a project which utilises AR technology to rethink the function of letters in an innovative installation combining typography with interior and interaction design. Visitors can wear an AR headset to see and experience a virtual, typographic interior placed in a real, physical environment and write text in augmented space using 3D, animated letters attached to tangible optical markers (fiducials).

January 24, 2007

For the Open Day of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague on January 27, 2007 AR+RFID Lab is preparing a new presentation in Augmented Reality combining interior design, typography and interaction design.

Vistors of the Open Day will get an opportunity to see and experience a virtual, typographic interior placed in the entrance hall of KABK and write text in augmented space using 3D, animated letters attached to tangible optical markers (fiducials). Do not miss the show and be there on Saturday, January 27 from 10.00 till 16.00!

January 1, 2007