December 16, 2011

On Friday December 16th The Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire played Die Walküre (act 1) by Richard Wagner, at the beautiful concert hall ‘De Vereeniging’ in Nijmegen.

The AR Lab was invited by the Royal Conservatoire to provide visuals during this live performance of Die Walküre. Together with students from different departments of the Royal Academy of Art we designed a screen consisting of 68 pieces of transparent cloth (400 x 20 cm), hanging in four layers above the orchestra. By projecting onto this cloth we created visuals giving the illusion of depth. We chose seven leitmotivs (recurring themes, associated with a particular person, place, or idea), and created animations representing these leitmotifs using colour, shape and movement. These animations were played at key-moments during the performance.

December 16, 2011

On Friday December 16th The Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire played Die Walküre (act 1) by Richard Wagner, at the beautiful concert hall ‘De Vereeniging’ in Nijmegen.

The AR Lab was invited by the Royal Conservatoire to provide visuals during this live performance of Die Walküre. Together with students from different departments of the Royal Academy of Art we designed a screen consisting of 68 pieces of transparent cloth (400 x 20 cm), hanging in four layers above the orchestra. By projecting onto this cloth we created visuals giving the illusion of depth. We chose seven leitmotivs (recurring themes, associated with a particular person, place, or idea), and created animations representing these leitmotifs using colour, shape and movement. These animations were played at key-moments during the performance.

December 14, 2011

Launched as a complement to the more conventional Political Sciences, the Political Arts Initiative is interested in the ways in which people interact with and compose political ideas and actions through the various, diverse media of technology and the arts. Participants in PAI seek to explore the ways in which poetry, literature, music, photography, performance and other creative arts interleave with the political life, either as vehicles for criticism, elaboration, theorization, intervention or activism.

December 12, 2011

Monday December 12 2011 we held Digi-drinks 2. Workshop employees Yvo van Os and Hilario Nicolaas introduced the 3D printer and the new giga 4 -spindle milling cutter. We also had a presentation of Bo Jansen about his project of the Strandbeesten of Theo Jansen. Next digi-drink, number 3, we will get to know the new equipment of Textile and Fasion Department.

November 18, 2011

The 18th of November the AR Lab will present at Play It! The Stedelijk Museum presents the third Do It! evening on November 18, Play It!, which revolves around the latest forms of interactive media art. During ‘Play it!’ there will be experiments with and reflections on the latest forms of interactive media art: from artistic games to internet art; from experiments with augmented reality for mobile phones to media hacking. What kind of user experiences will these media art forms produce? How do they relate to our mass-media society? What future perspectives do they offer the museum and its collection? Is gaming the new learning?

November 11, 2011

On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 2011 is the third edition of Rietveld Uncut. Supervised by the inspirational Flemish theatre-maker and artist Kris Verdonck (born 1974), it shows a cross-section of work from the entire academy. AR Lab supported Tamas Svet with his work.

Within the theme provided by Verdonck, ‘The living Object’, Rietveld Uncut explores among other things the relationship between man and object and the influence of material on the artist. How do the possibilities and limitations of materials lead to new dimensions? What does this say about the inspiration of an artist? Rietveld Uncut shows the dynamic work process of all the degree programmes at the Rietveld Academie. In addition to this, Rietveld Uncut seeks interaction with the public. It presents the artists of the future, with experimental projects that are created right in front of the audience.

De Brakke Grond,
Nes 45, Amsterdam

Opening:11 November 19.00
Free entrance
11 November 19.00 to 23.00
12 November 13.00 to 23.00

Rietveld Uncut is a concept by Tomas Adolfs and Tarja Szaraniec.

November 9, 2011

On the 9th and 10th of November the AR Lab will present at the expo of "Dé Onderwijsdagen" at the Beatrixgebouw in Utrecht.

From 09:00-18:00

November 1, 2011

Pieter Jonker, Vision-based Robotics professor at TU Delft presents a new invention: a pair of glasses that allows us to see more than before. October 27th is the official opening of the CSI Lab (the crime scene investigation lab). This is a high-tech training and demonstration facility for crime scene research. In the test laboratory, working at a crime scene can be stimulated accurately in a physical and virtual environment. One of the innovations developed in the lab is a "head-mounted device”. This is a special set of virtual reality goggles. Besides demonstrating the virtual goggles, Pieter Jonker will talk about the importance of the CSI lab tonight.

November 1, 2011

The Jury Award for Best New Media Production 2011 of the international Cinekid Youth Media Festival was awarded to Media Technology student Lieven van Velthoven, for his mixed reality game Room Racers. The honour was accompanied by a 7500 Euro cheque.

Mixed Reality Gaming

Room Racers lets you create your own race game tracks by simply placing real stuff on the floor! Race with up to 4 virtual cars around anything you can find in your home. Object detection is completely real-time (so you can change the track during play), checkpoints can be placed to define the route, players can drop in or out of the game at any time, there is even a combat game mode… The system was built around a PC, modified camera and a video projector.

Room Racers was shown on several media festivals. Until January 2012, Room Racers is available to play at the ZKM | Medienmuseum in Karlsruhe, Germany.

(the photograph was thankfully borrowed from a Mediamatic article)

November 1, 2011

On Tuesday, 1 November, the Advanced Prototyping Fair will be held in the ‘Kuil’. There will be demonstrations of the research by the Advanced Prototyping Minor students (Jouke Verlinden). Everyone is welcome at 13.00.

The demonstrations will include flying 3D scanners (drones), saxophone players (3D printed mouthpieces) and many other remarkable results.

November 1, 2011

Edwin van der Heide's innovative interactive installations are all over the world, from Tokyo to San Francisco, from Ars Electronica to the National Art Museum of China and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In addition, Edwin van der Heide is an assistant professor at Leiden University (Media Technology) and Head of the Spatial Interaction Lab at the department of ArtScience at the Conservatory (The Hague). Van der Heide works at the crossroads between art and science, between theoretical research and practical application. This stimulates wonderful works in which Van der Heide is particularly experimenting with sound, space and interaction.

The installation ‘Evolving Spark Network’ has you walk through a room with a grid of electrical sparks. To Van der Heide, these sparks represent beauty, purity and simplicity, as they are the most fundamental building blocks for generating light, and the pulses give off the shortest imaginable sound. Experience the most electronic and sparkly night sky ever!

Credits: Evolving Spark Network is a coproduction between Edwin van der Heide and V2_Lab. Work distributed by V2_Agency

October 28, 2011

On October 28 the AR Lab will give a lecture at the Cinekid for Professionals Conference about the different types of augmented reality.

From 15:30-18:00

October 26, 2011

For this conference an article of Yolande Kolstee and Wim van Eck has been accepted. ISMAR 2011: The 10th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality Oct. 26 - 29, 2011 in Basel, Switzerland This year we are proud to present the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2011). The symposium will be held on Oct. 26 - 29, 2011 at Messe Basel, in Basel, Switzerland. We invite you all to participate in this great event for the exchange of new ideas in this exciting field. Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) allow the creation of fascinating new types of user interfaces, and are beginning to show significant impact on industry and society. The field is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together signal processing, computer vision, computer graphics, user interfaces, human factors, wearable computing, mobile computing, computer networks, displays, sensors, to name just some of the most important influences. MR/AR concepts are applicable to a wide range of applications. Since 1998, ISMAR and its forerunner events, IWAR/ISAR and ISMR, have been the premier forums in this vital field. Confrence website: Paper of Yolande Kolstee and Wim van Eck is accepted on the confrence. See: The Augmented Van Gogh’s: Augmented Reality Experiences for Museum Visitors Projection based AR: Project of Bram Snijders

October 21, 2011

The AR Lab designs for KLM and Schiphol a mobile augmented reality game that can be played at Schiphol at the gate via Layar with Android or iPhone. Graphic Design student Jordy van den Nieuwendijk and Klaas Lageveen are preparing the graphics for our AR game. Our partners in Norway from Gjøvik University College, Håvard Kindem and Ibrahim Atief are making the Layar and game techniques supported by Simon McCallum.


Gjøvik University College Norway: : Simon McCallum and Håvard Kindem

Jordy van den Nieuwendijk

Klaas Lageveen

October 14, 2011

As final event of a tour through the AR landscape of the Netherlands, the latest AR glasses -which are developed in the framework of CSI-The Hague- will be presented for a privileged group.

October 5, 2011

1300 visitors! On Saturday October 8 2011, the spectecular ScienceCentre NEMO in Amsterdam was the heart of the second edition of "Night of the Nerds". Also the first edition - in October 2010 - was a huge success.

The Night of the Nerds was not just a colourful showcase of spectacular subjects that speak to the nerd, but also a tribute to the nerd. They are in luck because nerds are hot & handsome these days. According to research, there is growing appreciation for nerds in the Netherlands, and the public ascribes a major role to them in future technological developments and innovations.

Here an overview of what was happening there!

Below a picture of the AR Glasses that are in development for crime scene investigation (CSI) as part of the project of TU-Delft and the Forensic Institute. Now no markers are used, but real time natural feature tracking.

October 4, 2011

For the organization of connected libraries in Jaarbeurs Utrecht.

Location: Jaarbeurs, Utrecht.

October 1, 2011

Second International ICST Conference on arts and technology - ArtsIT 2011

7-9 December 2011 Esbjerg, Denmark

With the evolution of intelligent devices, sensors and ambient
intelligent/ubiquitous systems, it is not surprising to see many
researches and arts projects starting to explore the design of
intelligent artistic artefacts. Ambient intelligence supports the
vision that technology will become invisible, embedded in our natural
surroundings, present whenever we need it, attuned to all our senses,
adaptive to users and context and autonomously acting. High quality
arts or information should be potentially available to any user,
anywhere, at

any time, with any device. The information environments will be the
major drivers of culture which will eventually lead to the future
space (intelligent, interactive, invisible and informative) - Utopia
kind of life.

All submitted contributions will undergo peer review. Reviews will be
single blind (i.e., include authorship information with the submitted
paper). Accepted papers will be published in the ArtsIT Conference
Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST
(LNICST). The proceedings will be available both in book form and via
the SpringerLink... Read more

September 20, 2011

A group of students from Industrial Design Course at KABK is working on a complete new design of an AR-Headset.

Consumer friendly, light weighted and attractive. The group works under guidance of Alfred van Elk and Niels Mulder. During this course, researchers from TU-Delft Pieter Jonker, Ronald Poelman and Oytun Akman showed the latest developments on markerless tracking. Also Jouke Verlinden is involved.
The group started in September 2010; their prototype results will be ready in February 2011.

We will havea demonstration on February 9, 2011 at 16.00 to show the results!
If possible, we will make a working proto type with goggles, cameras and tracker! The design will be based on the Vuzix headset.

September 20, 2011

The Post Graduate Course Industrial Design of the KABK will start designing our new headset, chaired by Alfred van Elk. They will use the components of a Vuzix iWear VR920. The course started with lectures and demos of Professor Pieter Jonker and PhD Oytun Akman.

September 17, 2011

A challenge for talented videomakers that should definitely work with a 4K camera and 4K projection. More beautiful and sharper than your eyes can handle. The enchanting detail competition challenges students to create an idea for a 1 minute video in the categories science, medicine and art, in which the “detail” plays a dominant role.

Submit your proposal via the form before October 17 on:

The competition is organised by SUFRnet, The One Minutes and Waag Society. From the plans the jury will pick 9 ideas that can be executed with 4K (including workshop and instruction). 3 videos (1 from each category) will win the enchanting detail prize of 1000 euro. The best enchanting details will be shown at the start of next year.

September 15, 2011

First digi-drinks was a nice get-together! We met teachers from all departments who engaged with each other lively. We decided to have these 'digi-drinks'' on a regular base.

September 14, 2011

AR-Troops: Market research of the use of AR in the cultural domain. In this practical research group students will identify where and how augmented reality is used in cultural and artistic domains. Students (by themselves or in small groups) will make fieldtrips to museums we identified as important in this field to have an interview with curators or other persons. The goal is to get information on the value, the appreciation and importance of augmented reality and other innovative visualisation techniques for museums.

In other weeks we will contact the designers or artists of such experiences.
The results of this course will be presented at the Symposium on AR in Spring 2012,

Reba Wesdorp will support the writing of the report and co-ordinate the research results
Ferenc Molnar will cover the interviews with people from the museums with film or photography. He or his assistant (or both) will be present at the trips
There are no specific requirements; experience or familiarity with augmented reality is welcome, of course, but no prerequisite. If you don’t have a public transport card your travel costs will be paid.
Your personal goal might be to get a network in this innovative field and to get some experience in doing desk-research. Bringing your laptop is handy! We will use the AR lab website to record our results and communicate with each other.

The composition of the course is as follows:

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September 3, 2011

A collection of cups Maaike Roozenburg in partnership with Erfgoed Delft e.o., Technische Universiteit Delft and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Delft is rich in history; an old city with an illustrious past. This wealth of history is therefore reflected in a large collection of wonderful archaeological finds from the city. A collection which represents the characteristic past of Delft. Archaeological finds, such as everyday utensils made from ceramics, glass and metal, would normally be exhibited behind glass within museum walls. We may look at them, admire them but not touch them. Let alone use them! Maaike Roozenburg not only wants to exhibit the beauty of these finds, of these old utensils but also to have us experience them again.

In the Discovered in Delft project, she has made use 3D scanning and printing techniques to render accessible that which is possibly the most vulnerable heritage: glassware. Together with the Technical University of Delft, she used medical CT scan equipment to scan this glassware. The resultant 'data' was then printed in various manners on 3D printers, and used to form moulds in which porcelain could be cast. The result is a series of porcelain cups which has rendered the ‘untouchable’ utensils from an archaeological collection dishwasher proof. Heritage is back on the kitchen table.

The four glasses on which this project is based are a so-called ‘nodule cup’, a ‘cup on blackberry buds’, a ‘cup with glass filament... Read more

September 3, 2011

In Museum Meermanno, The House of the Book, in The Hague, the Augmented Reality project of Laura Elprama will be presented. She made this project with help of the AR Lab for her graduation in 2011. The work consists a.o. of a digital pop-up book.

More info on Museum Meermanno in the Museum Night see

General information on the program in all museums

September 2, 2011

Introductory course for KABK students (IST)

The Walküre (Valkyrie), an augmented opera (research project)

Would you like to create visuals for a live opera using new visualization technologies? On Friday the 16th of December students of the Royal Conservatoire will perform “Die Walküre” by Richard Wagner at concert hall “de Vereeniging” in Nijmegen. The AR Lab, our academy’s research lab for scientific and artistic research on Augmented Reality and other novel visualization technologies, has been asked to create visuals for this live performance using Augmented Reality. Augmented reality is a technology which, in real-time, adds an extra layer of information/visuals to the real world. More information about Augmented Reality can be found on this website

During this course we will cover the following topics:
- Paul Scheepers of the Royal Conservatoire will give a comprehensive introduction to “Die Walkure”, which is part of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”.
- You will get an introduction to Augmented Reality. What is it, what kind of different types are there and how can it be used.
- We will research how Augmented Reality can be used in the context of a live opera. The outcome of this research will be used for the live performance on the 16th of December
- You will learn the basics of 3d-animation
- You will learn to make your own augmented reality prototypes

In case you have questions about this... Read more

September 1, 2011

The AR Lab received a grant from SURFnet to develop a plugin which connects augmented reality tracking software with Unity3d (, a popular game engine.

Follow our progress here:

August 30, 2011

As if the world is not complicated enough already, augmented reality allows us to view multiple realities simultaneously as one. Crime scene investigators can use a special headset to store a 3d digital copy of the scene.

Using a crime scene in virtual reality enables us to search for clues years after the crime. It also gives judges, lawyers and prosecutors a chance to look at the crime scene.

The interview on BNR is in Dutch.

August 27, 2011

During Uitmarkt 2010, which is the national opening of the cultural season in the Netherlands, the AR Lab made an installation for the Van Gogh Museum Friday Night event on August 27.

To mark the completion of the restoration of Van Gogh’s "The Bedroom", this Friday night will be devoted to this world-famous work. We made an installation based on the painting "The Bedroom", which makes it possible for visitors to discover the painting in a playful way. The painting is shown on a big screen, and by use of a digitally modified spray-can, visitors can reveal information which is normally inaccessible, like x-ray, infrared and ultra violet images, or even the back of the painting!
The project was conceived by the AR Lab – a part of the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) – and supervised by Wim van Eck. ArtScience student Matthijs Munnik was in charge of the interactive part of the project, and ArtScience student Arjen Zuidgeest was in charge of the interface.

August 14, 2011

On August 14 the AR Lab will present at the first Sweet Summer Children’s Afternoon.

This afternoon offers special productions and activities exclusively for children as well as a delicious pancake! From 12.00 midday until 4.00 p.m.

August 2, 2011

TodaysArt – in cooperation with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – is looking for Mixed Reality and Augmented Reality ART projects.

Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) allows the creation of fascinating new types of user interfaces, and are beginning to show significant impact on industries and societies. The field is highly interdisciplinary, bringing together signal processing, computer vision, computer graphics, user interfaces, human factors, wearable computing, mobile computing, computer networks, displays, sensors, to name just some of the most important influences. MR and AR concepts are applicable to a wide range of applications.

Science and Technology combines work in computer vision, computer graphics, user interfaces, wearable computing, mobile computing, displays, and sensors. The growing interest in MR and AR applications is creating exciting new challenges for research in all of these areas.

TodaysArt invites artists, designers, architects, urbanists, and scholars to explore the potential of Mixed and Augmented Reality within their respective fields.

Proposals might be send indirectly to TodaysArt or via the AR Lab. The AR Lab will consider help or co-operation for this project.

For more info and for another 'call' for making apps for The Hague, check the website of Todaysart.

July 30, 2011

Both the Augmented Reality Lab website and the website for the research domain Innovative Visualisation Techniques will be available in two languages shortly.

July 23, 2011

It may take some getting used to, but researchers and designers are working on a devise that should enrich our senses with extra information. This technique is called ‘Augmented Reality’- which literally means: added reality. The people working on it have high expectations. ‘I think that even TVs will disappear. All those flatscreens, they will all disappear’.

July 7, 2011

At KITCHEN BUDAPEST (Hungary) RFID is part of the ecology of IPV6, barcodes and all kinds of wireless which make up the linking up of people, things and the environment.

If we look at it from our analogue point of view and in our current economic and democratic systems of fear, crisis and control it does not show great promise for more balance, more joy or more happiness. However, if we are able to look beyond ourselves, the real profit may lie in getting to know ourselves and our friends and enemies better and being able to live up fully to our potential if everything becomes a bit more transparent.

Rob van Kranenburg and Pawel Pokutycki, the head chefs of the workshop at KITCHEN BUDAPEST (in collaboration with MOME, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) will cook a delicious radioactive soup tastefully tagged with a flavour of sweet do-it-yourself electronics and spime* spices. Fresh food for thought, unforgettable recipes and the best ingredients served straight on the plates of hungry creatives.

July 1, 2011

Hanna Schraffenberger started her PhD research in non-visual augmented reality at Leiden University on the first of July 2011. Her advisor is Edwin van der Heide and her promotor is professor Bas Haring. This research is part of the AR-VIP research programme. AR-VIP stands for Augmented Reality- Visualisation, Interaction and Perception.

June 20, 2011

KABK students and the AR Lab contributed to this exhibition. The opening is June 21, 2011 at 18.30, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. In September 2011 a group of students will once again contribute to this exhibition on the re-use of canvases by Van Gogh.

For the project 'Re-Use of Canvases', part of the Van Gogh Studio's practice research programma was the AR Lab invited to contribute.

In 2010, the AR Lab elaborated the idea of our first Van Gogh project, 'The Bedroom', by students Mathijs Munnik and Arjen Zuidgeest . At that time we used a spray can to unravel the hidden elements of the canvases. Now the AR Lab is supporting student Koen Mostert, who made a tool that enables you to see what is underneath the painting by touching an iPad screen. This is done for five paintings, with a separate iPad for each painting.

June 10, 2011 - June 10, 2012
Vincent van Gogh regularly made a painting on a canvas he had used before. He began doing this in May of 1885, when he was still living in Nuenen, and continued this practice in his Paris years (1886-1888). At first he painted directly over the first composition, but gradually went to work differently depending on his ideas for a given painting. Sometimes he used the relief or the colours of the first image in the new painting, but if he wanted to make a thinly painted work requiring a smooth and even surface, he would thoroughly scrape off the first depiction. In some instances, he is also known to have... Read more

June 15, 2011

The Dutch network station 'Radio 5' has a programme on science, called Hoe?Zo! Radio. Yolande Kolstee was interviewed on Augmented Reality.

June 8, 2011

On June 8, we received Norbert Boeren, who showed us his project "A Photographic Journey", which provides the visually impaired with an opportunity to shoot and feel their own pictures. The section News on AR will contain more information on this interesting item.

June 1, 2011

Liam van Koert schreef in de special over Augmented Reality een artikel op basis van een interview met Pieter Jonker: Een doorbraak in augmented reality: Natural feature tracking opent nieuwe deuren. De foto's tonen projecten van het AR Lab ( eerder: AR+RFID Lab).

De vermenging van de virtuele en de werkelijke wereld is niet nieuw. En al helemaal niet voor Jonker, die zich als visionspecialist al sinds de vorige eeuw met het onderwerp bezighoudt. “We waren eind jaren negentig al bezig met een applicatie waarbij we de contouren van de campusgebouwen al met een augmented reality bril rondwandelend wilden herkennen. Door de contouren van de hele campus in een GIS-database te zetten en deze te matchen met wat een camera voorzien van een inertia tracker registreerde, wilden we eigenlijk een soort Google Street View maken. Het ultieme doel was een soort ‘visuele walkman’ waarbij de echte wereld en de virtuele wereld precies samenvielen. Je moet echter begrijpen dat dit nog vóór de tijd van de mobieltjes was en de GPS-nauwkeurigheid toen ook nog te wensen overliet. Uiteindelijk bleek dat wat we wilden veel te vooruitstrevend was en omdat het niet bleek te werken en ook om belichtingsperikelen te ontlopen, zijn we met het hele project naar binnen verhuisd. Wel hadden we er een mooie onderzoeksvraag bij: hoe nauwkeurig en snel kan je eigenlijk met een camera met inertia tracker je eigen positie tracken? We zijn daartoe van edges tracking voor gebouwcontouren overgegaan op... Read more

May 25, 2011

On Wednesday the 25th and Thursday the 26th of May, the Mikrocentrum held the tenth edition of the Vision & Robotics Conference at the Koningshof Conference Centre in Veldhoven. The AR Lab gave a presentation. Prof. dr. Pieter Jonker, gave a lecture on the future of AR.

De toekomst is nu

Vision & Robotics zou Vision & Robotics niet zijn als er geen beroep wordt gedaan op de diverse kennisinstellingen die Nederland en België rijk zijn. Wat ligt er voor morgen in het verschiet? Van de Ven stelt dat juist vandaag veel meer mogelijk is dan menigeen vermoedt. “Voor een toelichting op de ‘nieuwe’ robotica - denk hierbij aan care- en curesystemen, maar ook aan landbouwrobots en robots voor huishoudelijk gebruik – is RoboNead op de beursvloer en het congrespodium uitgenodigd. Zoals zij in een sectoroverstijgende roadmap zullen aantonen, is de toekomst niet morgen maar nu. Nieuwe concepten voor mens-robotinteractie zijn al voorhanden en ook het internet voor robots, in de vorm van RoboEarth, is in een vergevorderd stadium. Daarnaast zijn de middelen en mogelijkheden van een ‘hippe’ visiontechnologie als Augmented Reality inmiddels zo uitgebreid, dat de grootste beperking vooral de menselijke fantasie lijkt.” Van de Ven is ervan overtuigd dat de tijd meer dan ooit rijp is om over de traditionele schutting heen te kijken en in de volle breedte met de nieuwe mogelijkheden aan de slag te gaan. Tal van spraakmakende demo’s, waaronder een feestelijke... Read more

May 21, 2011

A symposium on the future of the profession. Will Graphic Design still be around in ten years? This question is the starting point for the symposium on the 21st and 22nd of May at Zeebelt in The Hague, organised by Zeebelt together with the Royal Academy of Art. If the subject is to survive, something must be done. Digital development is progressing by leaps and bounds, programmers are increasingly also 'designers' and knowledge is becoming obsolete faster than ever: This age demands a new attitude of the graphic designer.

Het onderwerp wordt vanuit verschillende invalshoeken belicht. Zo komen zwaargewichten als grafisch ontwerper Gert Dumbar en directeur KABK Jack Verduyn Lunel aan het woord, maar ook veel jonge ontwerpers onder wie ontwerpersduo Kok Pistolet (winnaar Gulden Snede 2011).

Veel symposia openen met… “dit symposium pretendeert geen uitsluitsel te geven op de problematiek, maar een bijdrage te leveren aan de discussie over het vak”. Dat zal op 21 en 22 mei niet gebeuren. Dan worden werkbare antwoorden geformuleerd. De grafisch ontwerper wordt voorgesteld als een cricital visual director: iemand die over vakgrenzen heen kijkt en humor en engagement als zijn essentiële vakingrediënten beschouwt.

Het symposium wordt gehouden in Zeebelt aan De Constant Rebecqueplein in Den Haag. Waarom daar? Sinds de oprichting in 1984 zijn het theater en grafisch ontwerpen innig met elkaar verbonden. Zeebelt organiseerde tientallen lezingen, debatten,... Read more

May 20, 2011

We invited Chiara Piccoli to the AR Lab to exchange information on her CEEDS project (Collective Experience of Empathic Data Systems). They are developing a system based on virtual reality that processes archaeological sites into an interactive presentation. This method presents history in such a way that non-scientists are also able to appreciate the historical and emotional significance of the scene.

CEEDS works on making history lessons a 'reality'.
Imagine walking through a dusty city in Boeotia, Greece. A man with a donkey passes by. A young boy has broken a water jug; the shards are left lying next to the well. Market traders extol the virtues of their wares. A woman is removing the stones from olives. No cars or smartphones to be seen anywhere - you have gone back in time, into a virtual world. Interactive
This scenario is quite possible. At least, it will be shortly. The European Commission is sponsoring a major new project called the Collective Experience of Empathic Data Systems (CEEDS). CEEDS develops a system based on virtual reality that processes archaeological sites into an interactive presentation. This method presents history in such a way that non-scientists are also able to appreciate the historical and emotional significance of the scene. They can identify with people who lived in this period in history and compare it with their own lives in the present day. More info via the website of Newsletter of Leiden University.

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April 20, 2011

As has previously been announced, oSURF and SURFnet will organise the annual networking day SIG on April 20, 2011 in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.

(Meer info over het dagprogramma op:

In de plenaire bijeenkomst ’s ochtends zal het thema “Digitale Rechten” aan de orde komen: hierbij zullen ook vragen worden behandeld die relevant zijn voor leden van de communities WEBstroom en Weblectures. Deze beide communites organiseren gezamenlijk een middagsessie rond het thema "Augmented Reality". Augmented Realty (AR) is de verzamelnaam voor een aantal technieken die digitale visuele informatie toevoegen aan de werkelijkheid. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan LAYAR op een smart phone, of virtuele beelden die met een speciale bril in de reële wereld worden geprojecteerd.

Tijdens de bijeenkomst wordt AR door een drietal sprekers van diverse kanten belicht. Aan bod komen verschillende AR-technieken, trends en nieuwe ontwikkelingen, didactische en andere toepassingen. Ook leert u hoe een AR-toepassing ontwikkeld kan worden. We beëindigen de middag met een sessie waarbij we de aanwezigen uitdagen met eigen ideeën voor de toepassing van AR te komen.


13:00 – 13:10 Welkom

13:10 – 13:45 Kay de Roos, multimedia designer en in 2010 afgestudeerd aan de Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg met een scriptie getiteld... Read more

April 1, 2011

We are looking for students who can make some clear icons to identify certain places. They will be used for a game.

If you have good ideas on how to identify an exotic city and you want to contribute to an AR project, please contact us via Or contact Yolande Kolstee or Wim van Eck directly for more information! You can work on this project during spring holidays and earn some money.

April 1, 2011

For our mobile AR-Game project we will collaborate with a game specialist from Gjøvik University College in Norway.

We came into contact with Gjøvik University College via associate professor Simon McCallum, who is a specialist in game design. We were glad to offer one of his students an exchange programme for doing research in both the Bio-Robotics Lab and our AR Lab. During the coming months we will prepare a mobile AR game, to be played on Android or iPhone via Layar.

March 28, 2011

We are looking for a student who can make a good AR impression of the KABK on the Prinsessegracht in The Hague, which we can put on internet.

You can use AR sight from Google.

We will have a small jury. If you want to know more about this contest please contact Wim van Eck or Yolande Kolstee before April 28, 2011. The winner will be rewarded with € 250,-

March 10, 2011

The Hague Communications Day 2011. Haagse Communicatie Dag 2011. Most of the day was in Dutch, except for the 2 key note speakers, one from UK and one from USA, both a.o. on social media.

From UK: Charles Leadbeater, who hold a keynote lecture: 'pro web digital discoveries'.
From USA: Andrew Keen.There was a plenary discussion in which Yolande talked about cultural heritage and modern visualisation techniques. More on the programme of Thursday March 10. The day was held in Fokker Terminal, Binkhorstlaan, The Hague.

More on Andrew Keen; More on Charles Leadbeater.

February 17, 2011

On February 17, a Seminar ‘Innovation and Inspiration’ will take place in Utrecht, MediaPlaza, organised by SURF Foundation. Yolande Kolstee will present the interaction tool for AR which was developed in the AR Lab. Jouke Verlinden will show his project with Projection-based AR.

For the interaction tool AR Lab combined PTAM (a tracker) with Unity 3D (a game engine). By this tool it will be easier for art students to make interactive AR work. Maarten van Zomeren and Robert Prevel developed the software under guidance of Wim van Eck.

More information on the seminar ( in Dutch only)

More about PTAM

More about Unity 3D

February 9, 2011

In the Cool Industry class of the postgraduate course Industrial Design, with teachers Alfred van Elk and Niels Mulder, new concepts and products were developed for AR Glasses / Goggles.

If possible, one of these AR glasses (eyewear) will be prototyped and used for real mobile AR. We will add a computer – as small as possible – and one or two cameras and we will use markerless AR. It will probably only function indoors for now; due to the effect the changing weather conditions have on the light intensity.

Tim Huiskens, Wouter Sieuwerts, Lilian van Daal, Yasine Salihine and Tim Keijzers presented their concepts and products to a very interested audience at their final presentation on February 9, 2011.

Teachers Jacob de Baan, Alfred van Elk and Niels Mulder and student Laura Marcos Carbonell from the Post Graduate Course Industrial Design were present, along with:

from the AR Lab: Yolande Kolstee and Wim van Eck
from TU Delft: professor Pieter Jonker, Ronald Poelman, Oytun Akman, Robert Prevel and their guest, Ibrahim Arief
from Waag Society: Jennifer Kanary Overview of headsets that are on the market halfway through 2011 (compilation by Ronald Poelman)

RAPTYR (Vuzix)

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, hardware company Vuzix revealed the
first transparent AR glasses for consumers. The glasses, called Raptyr, use holographic optics instead of video screens to make digital objects appear in mid-air.... Read more

February 8, 2011

The KABK just got a new full color 3D-printer (Z Corporation ZPrinter 650) and a new full color 3D-scanner (Artec MHT)!

The KABK just got a new full color 3d-printer (Z Corporation ZPrinter 650) and a new full color 3d-scanner (Artec MHT)! The AR Lab can't wait to use these new technologies in upcoming projects.

February 6, 2011

New website, new name and a new logo!

We worked hard to create an all new website for our lab.
But not only our site, also our name has been updated. Changing from "AR+RFID Lab" to "AR Lab".
And.. we have a new logo!

February 4, 2011

After some meetings in December 12, 2010, the AR Lab finally got the official request to contribute to the exposition of the Studio - Practice-Presentation in which the Van Gogh Museum will explain how Vincent Van Gogh dealt with re-using his paintings. This will be the third project with the Van Gogh Museum and students of the KABK and the AR-Lab.

Van Gogh used several ways for re-using his paintings:
scraping of the old painting, paint on top of the old painting with or without a special top layer made of zinc- white.
Several specialists of Shell and Instituut Collectie Nederland are working on this project. See the website of Van Gogh Museum on Research

February 3, 2011

We were asked to make an interesting AR experience for people who are waiting at the gate, after their check in procedure. With Sander Veenhof we are developing a pilot. When KLM is happy with the results we will make a mobile AR game.

February 3, 2011

In this Year of Chemistry, researchers will focus on Chemistry in various places (such as universities) in The Netherlands. Our AR Lab wil contribute with showing molecules in Augmented Reality.

In Groningen a group of enthusiastic people will make an event to show various aspects of chemistry in every day life. They will also use AR as a tool to demonstrate the wonderful structures of molecules. We are helping and/or advising them to realise their plans.

Also the Fablab in Groningen will work with AR molecules: see Molecular City.

February 3, 2011

Traditional painting workshop, real and virtual paintings, and Caleidoscopia by Lisette Huizenga. Presentation of Kinect and virtual painting by Lisette Huizenga on April 13.

Using the Kinect it is possible for a painting to come even closer to the viewer than a traditional painting created with paint. With the discovery of perspective during the Renaissance period, for the first time the viewer was invited to participate in the painting. In the following centuries experimentation and play with this became more and more sophisticated. Lisette is now one step further, as she will show during the presentation on April 13 in Zwolle. If the Kinect has seen the viewer, it can show this virtual picture from all angles, not only from the side from which the final image is created. Lisette thus shows that you can walk around the painting from a variety of positions and it looks different from every one. The idea of the painting is spatial, but is now also displayed spatially.

February 1, 2011

New virtual design for Fokker aircraft!

Some students of our Textile department will work on a project to refurbish an Fokker 100 .They probably will start with Pattern Design for the interior of the Fokker aircraft, but who knows where this will lead to ? New chairs? New floor covering?
Under the inspiring guidance of Gerrit Uitenbogaard the students will come up with innovative solutions. They will have to work with all kind of limitations in terms of safety prescriptions, so their creativity will be challenged!
The augmented reality part will come in when AR Lab will try to show the new designs via our headset, or maybe with an projection-based system, in order to help customers to get a good, 3D impression of the design.

January 31, 2011

Two students. Julia Meijvogel and Marjolein van den Bosch from Human Information Design & Strategy Department(HIDS) of Saxion visited the AR Lab as part of their research to innovative visualization techniques.

Julia Meijvogel & Marjolein van den Boschmade a blog (in Dutch). Info on their study

January 30, 2011

e are currently experimenting how well the motion capture capabilities of the Microsoft Kinect work within Unity3d (game-engine). This way you can control virtual characters in real-time using your own body movements. So far the results are very promising!

January 29, 2011

In collaboration with Sander Veenhof, the AR Lab made a layar-based event for our visitors, students and student candidates. With iPhone or Android they were able to collect virtual dogs... Sander Veenhof, Wim van Eck and Yolande Kolstee had three brainstorming sessions with students from IMD and ArtScience. Alicja Marcinek made the dogs, Varun Vachhar made the instruction video and Ivan Henriques contributed to the concept.

January 27, 2011

Boerhaave We will work on an AR installation for the Boerhaave museum. Wim van Eck will lead this project.

January 21, 2011

For her paper on AR applications in museums Anne Heijliger visited the AR Lab. Her study is Comparative Arts & Media Studies from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/ VU University.

January 19, 2011

This year is the year of chemistry. In Groningen, a project group is working on a week full of activities. We will help them to realise their AR project.