We are extremely thankful for the award. The majority of our team members looks back on a great student time at the RWTH University, that’s why the award besides being a great honor is a personal achievement for us.
HoloBuilder’s JobWalk App allows you to capture 360° photos and locate them on a floor plan by connecting your Ricoh Theta S 360° camera through WIFI.
All you have to do is upload a floor plan, and then tap on the places on the floor plan that you want your 360° photos to be linked to. When you’re done taking all of your pictures, an automatically generated tour will be uploaded to the cloud! Your finished tour is ready to be accessed from anywhere.
If you want to know more about the 360° Job Walk App, or have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org visit our product site www.holobuilder.com and initiate a live chat – we are there for you! As always, we have prepared a detailed tutorialabout this App, available on our blog.
On 28 January, we opened the doors of our Headquarter for 6 enthusiastic girls who were motivated to create awesome Virtual Reality content with Holobuilder.
The goal was to create a 360° Tour through Aachen. So we started with a short introduction to “What’s Virtual Reality? What’s Augmented Reality?”.
Then we explained, how a 360° camera works and the girls took their first 360° Photos with a Theta S.
We started our Tour at our office and walked to the city center to get some 360° Photos from the town hall and the cathedral.
Back in our office, the girls started to compose a tour with Holobuilder.
It was great to see how fast the girls were able to create a 360° city tour and how much fun they had to give their creativity free rein.
More and more frequently, we were contacted by educators, who tells us about their experience with HoloBuilder in school. The feedback is consistently positive and we often heard, that HoloBuilder.com is used for making Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality touchable, but we never gained this experience by ourselves.
It was an awesome day, sharing our office with such creative and motivated girls.
One for holo, holo for all! – Team Holo(Builder) starting at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf
On October 2nd bitstars participated for the first time at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf (‚Aachen Company Run‘). Six eager runners volunteered to accomplish the 9.26 km run in under 80 minutes. Being fully booked out, a total of 7.000 participants and 462 companies came together for a good cause running a distance of either 4.63 km or even 9.26 km. It was never so easy: doing good for a cause and doing good for yourself with only a few hours of breath taking engagement. Supporting three local charity projects a sum of 15.000€ was donated to the Förderkreis Schwerkranke Kinder E.V. (‚Association for the Promotion of Severely Ill Children‘), the Malaika E.V.-Verein zur Förderung der Lern- und Lebensfreude (‚Association for the Promotion of Enjoyment of Learning and Living‘) and the Evangelische Frauenverein Aachen (‚Evangelical Women’s Association Aachen‘) as a result of a total of 48.615 km run.
Six of our dear colleagues took it upon them starting at the 9.26 km run. Our mixed team made it to an awesome 206th place of 317 – presenting a total time of 3 hours 21 minutes and 22 seconds for a distance of 9.26 km. We are proud of our team accomplishing such great things. Showing – even during the run – an extraordinary commitment to provide superior content in HoloBuilder we took some very special 360° snapshots to make everyone feel like a part of it.
On Tuesday, Maximilian Speicher of bitstars presented the very first research paper about HoloBuilder.com—named „Enabling Industry 4.0 with HoloBuilder“—at the 2015 INFORMATIK conference. The name of the session during which it was presented was „Industry 4.0: Computer Science Forms New Production Systems“. The session was hosted by Prof. Dr. Rolf Kraemer of IHP and featured a selection of renowned experts for Industry 4.0—including Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer of TU Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite of OWL University and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wollert of Aachen University of Applied Sciences, among others. The presenters set a particular focus on topics such as Internet of Things, Smart Factories, wireless communication and OPC UA, with which our presentation about HoloBuilder and Augmented Reality fitted in seamlessly. The feedback we received was consistently positive.
Our research paper describes the design decisions behind HoloBuilder as a tool for end-user creation and consumption of arbitrary Augmented Reality content in the context of Industry 4.0. In this respect, the phrase „end users“ particularly refers to mechancis, engineers and maintenance staff working in a Smart Factory. The design decisions are evaluated against six design principles for Industry 4.0, of which all are fulfilled by our platform. Moreover, the Industry 4.0 capabilities of HoloBuilder are demonstrated in two case studies: an interactive Augmented Reality instruction manual and real-time communication through OPC UA. Yet, it has to be noted that HoloBuilder is a general platform also intended for average users and the creation of arbitrary Virtual Reality, 360° and 3D content. Our research paper is available via ResearchGate.
INFORMATIK is the biggest IT conference in Germany. It is held annualy by the German Informatics Society (GI). The next edition will be held in Klagenfurt (Austria) in 2016.
In Tokyo, the web application holobuilder.com made by German start-up company bitstars just won the worldwide RICOH Theta Developer Contest held by Japanese technology provider RICOH. holobuilder could push through the fierce competition of 72 participants and 173 submitted projects from all over the world. The web-based application convinced the jury with its innovative possibilities in perfection to enhance 360 degree spherical panorama with 3D objects.
Tokio, Japan/ Aug. 20, 2015. In Tokyo, the German start-up company bitstars just won amazingly the developer contest by the Japanese technology provider RICOH in collaboration with the YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory. The requirement for participation was the usage of the RICOH THETA, a special camera for 360° panoramic photos, to make more convenient or provide new methods of application.
With holobuilder, a web tool that can, among other things, be used for the augmentation of 360 degree panoramic images with 3d elements, the partly in Palo Alto, California, USA and Aachen, Germany located company was able to stand up to strong competition from 15 countries. Inter alia the submissions came from the strongholds of technology start-ups, such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv or of course Japan itself. holobuilder could push through the fierce competition of 72 participants and 173 submitted projects from all over the world.
bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari among all other awarded participants of the RICOH Theta Developer Contest (front row, third from the right). – copyright by ascii
„holobuilder received the Grand Prize for its implementation using open components, the degree of perfection and practicality as well“ said jury member Ken Sakamura, Professor of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.
The guiding theme of the whole competition was „innovation“ and the prizes were awarded on the basis of the evaluation criteria of creativity (originality), future outlook (potential, extensibility) and benefit (practicality). „holobuilder adds stamps and comments to RICOH THETA photos. Such a function is common for 2D photos. But the vision of incorporating the function for spherical image handling, moreover the feeling of affixing stereoscopic stamp in space is innovative. I feel the potential in this direction” as Sakamura stated further.
Holobuilder convinced the jury with its ease of use and originality. After importing the 360° photosphere taken with the RICOH Theta 360° panorama camera into holobuilder, the possibility of looking into any direction in the image gives the impression of actually being located directly within the recorded scene. Through further augmentation with various 3D models, texts and symbols, new and innovative ways for impressive experiences in virtual reality open up. From a journey of the most beautiful places of the last private vacation to a professional guided tour through the future apartment, both experiences broaden with exciting virtual 3D models of the desired furniture – creativity is boundless. The resulting „holos“ can be viewed on any mobile device such as tablet or smartphone, android or iOS. For the even more immersive fun, holobuilder can change into a special mode for Virtual Reality headsets like Google Cardboard. Built-in functions for sharing on social networks or integration into an own website round the offer.
bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari accepting the Grand Prize from RICOH CEO Shiro Kondo. – copyright foto by ascii
For this concept holobuilder was awarded the „Grand Prize“ and in a celebratory ceremony at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo) RICOH CEO Shiro Kondo himself handed over the prize to bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari. He was rewarded with a cash prize of 1,000,000 yen (about 7,500 euros) and an additional trophy.
The past Thursday, bitstars VP of Customer & Data Analytics & Optimization Maximilian Speicher participated in a round-table discussion about Industry 4.0, organized and hosted by Garnter in Frankfurt. As a tech provider in Industry 4.0, for us the event was particularly interesting and helpful for staying up to date regarding the current AR & VR ecosystem and potential cooperation partners.
Equipped with a Ricoh THETA 360° camera and his smartphone, Max demonstrated the capabilities of augmented and virtual reality that can be leveraged using our cutting-edge web-platform holobuilder. Also, he engaged in fruitful discussions about interactive AR instruction manuals and OPC UA, which are two core use cases of our platform. Especially Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Research VP at Gartner, enjoyed playing around with the spherical camera a bit, as you can see in the #360selfie below.
Today Mostafa Akbari showed me his workplace, the Runway in San Francisco. Located at the heart of San Francisco, the Runway is a community of entrepreneurs and influencers who strive to do the best they can. Because Twitter’s headquarter is in the same building, you need to get a special permission to visit in order for the security to let you in. I’m already feeling enlightened and very important ;).
Right after entering the complex, I was very impressed with the available space and services. The Runway San Francisco is a beautifully designed and modern office suite, with videoconferencing, several meeting rooms, flexible office space and a different lounge to relax and communicate with like-minded people. It’s welcoming, charming and the atmospthere has just the right mix of focus and ease, not your typical ‚you have a desk – don’t complain“ atmosphere. The layout is extremely simple yet intuitive. The amount of open space is incredible and refreshing to see, especially after having seen other „comparable“ institutes. The designer is a master of indirect lightning – the room is both bright and well-lit but non-glaring at the same time, making it easy to feel right at home. Private call rooms are available and almost always free.
The German Accelerator has hired several tables in the Runway San Francisco. This is where I meet Mostafa Akbari. The following presentation gives you a great impression of the Runway. Feel free to find your ways around and discover the Runway in a 360°-presentation.