Enhanced image quality for holobuilder

During the last few weeks we got a lot of helpful feedback regarding our holobuilder platform, thanks to everybody who commented on our work. Especially the image quality was heavily criticized, hence we worked hard on enhancing it accordingly. Here a little demonstration of the different image qualities before and after our latest update with the great images of Sacha Griffin.

For everybody interested in how we achieved this improvement here a few technical details:

  • Old version:

    •  Only one texture with max 4096×4096 pixel
    •  Compression of the texture with 60% preservation of quality
    •  Sphere max 2MB
      -> All slides can be loaded quickly
  • New version:
    • Multiple textures with 2048×2048 pixel
      -> Original image is not saved as one square and therefore later on stretched (all photospheres have a 2:1 width-to-height ratio, e.g.: 16000x8000px, picture is first sliced into 2 squares, then both squares recursively into 4 squares (at the moment limited to max 8 slices).
    •  Compression of the individual textures with 80% preservation of quality
    • Sphere max 6 MB
    • Spheres have a highly compressed preview texture in addition to their normal textures.
      -> Fast loading of slides because first not everything is loaded at the same time, as only the preview texture is loaded at the start.

 

We hope you all enjoy the new image quality. In the future we plan on having a super high quality mode with 100% preservation of quality. Thanks again to all who provided us with feedback, we hope you will keep using and constructively critiquing holobuilder, so that we can keep on improving.

Moto 360 android wear giving status update by informing about printer being occupied

Neuer Industrie 4.0 Artikel zu OPC-UA für Smartwatches und Datenbrillen

Wiederholt werden bitstars Gründer von Fachezeitschriften und Magazinen angesprochen. Leider reicht die Zeit nicht immer, um den Bitten nachzukommen und ihr Fachwissen für andere zugänglich zu machen, doch wenn es möglich ist bitstars sofort am Start. So hat Simon Heinen (CTO von bitstars) mit seinem Team einen weiteren interessanten Fachartikel zu Industrie 4.0 für das IEE-Magazin verfasst. Dieses Mal wird das Thema OPC-UA für Smartwatches und Datenbrillen betrachtet und das Zusammenspiel von diesen neuen technischen Geräten mit herkömmlichen Produktionsmaschienen erklärt.

Lesen sie den vollständigen Artikel.

Einen Überblick zu der aktuellen IEE Ausgabe und die Möglichkeit diese zu abonnieren gibt es hier.

bitstars part of macher und gestalter magazin

The new magazine for small and medium-sized businesses „macher und gestalter“ by the ZEIT publishing group focuses on the „big issues“ German small and medium-sized businesses are facing today. How to face the ongoing digitization? How to tackle the demographic change? How to manage questions of financing and succession? Besides a very interesting article about smart factories the magazine published a short interview with our CEO Mostafa Akbari.

Check out bitstars HoloBuilder platform here.

Award of the European Venture Contest NRW 2014

bitstars chosen again – European Venture Contest NRW

This week the bitstars team is very busy again, attending and pitching at Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Inside AR- The Augmented Reality conferencel and the European Venture Contest NRW by e-unlimited.

The first “fruits could already be reaped” as bitstars was chosen as one of the winners of the European Venture Contest NRW.

 

“Each year over 800 startups apply to the EVC via a dozen of regional or technology-focused qualifiers to present their company, engage with top industry experts and network with potential investors. The contest element comes from the selection of the best quartile (Top 25%) at each of the qualifiers who continue to an end-of-year major event with more than 100 entrepreneurs and also 100+ venture investors. 120 finalists of this event will be reviewed by a top Selection Committee and the 25 best startups (9 ICT, 8 life sciences and 8 cleantech) are awarded.”

Quote from European Venture Contest NRW e-unlimited

 

View of the German Accelerator #throughglass from the perspective of the pitching Mostafa Akbari

German Accelerator, Pioneers Festival, IdeaLab and more contests chose bitstars

bitstars on the rise to European start-up scene

bitstars GmbH is a software-engineering company located in the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sphere. This autumn, the company is on a conference-spree to convince investors of their innovative idea and business concept. Therefore, bitstars had to assert itself against strict application requirements and strong competitors. But the efforts bear fruits already, bitstars was nominated for four tech-conferences: “German Accelerator”, “IdeaLab! – WHU founders‘ conference”, “Pioneers Festival” and the “European Venture Contest NRW” conference in Cologne. By now, the Aachen start-up has already achieved remarkable results.

 

GERMAN ACCELERATOR

GERMAN ACCELERATOR bitstars view through Google Glass #throughglass

Step by step towards success – on 9th October 2014 the winners of the “German Accelerator” were announced. The “German Accelerator” is a three-month program that supports German ICT and Green-IT start-ups to enter the US market by providing personal mentoring and office space in Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco. bitstars was chosen as one of the most promising German start-ups and will soon be taking part in workshops and seminars in Silicon Valley.

Excited and proud of the support from the “German Accelerator” there is no rest for the bitstars-team. The next big challenge “IdeaLab” is to be faced on 10th and 11th October 2014 in Vallendar, Germany. “IdeaLab” is Europe’s biggest student-led start-up conference. As if that were not enough, bitstars was selected as one of nine start-ups out of 100 applications from various countries to pitch at the event. Mostafa Akbari, CEO and joint founder of bitstars, presented the unique entrepreneurial vision and got directly to the heart of the business concept. The positive response of the audience allows the bitstars-team to be optimistic about the results, especially because some investors showed increased interest in the series A planned 2015.

 

IdeaLab! at WHU with bitstars

IdeaLab! at WHU with bitstars. #throughglass

This proves to be a perfect opening to fuel growth and speed up development. But with the “Pioneers Festival” in Vienna (28th to 30th October 2014) and the “European Venture Contest NRW” in Cologne (30th October 2014), bitstars is on the cusp to open up a new dimension by finally tapping into the European start-up scene. These upcoming tech-conferences will give bitstars a great possibility to perform on an international stage and convince all judges of their pioneering vision and persuasive concept.

bitstars GmbH has developed a SaaS platform technology that enables customers to set up their own augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. By focusing on very intuitive usability the platform enables users to create applications meeting their specific requirements with little effort. These applications can be managed and used in multiple end user devices, such as smartphones, tablets and smart glasses.

 

Press contact:
Kristina Tenhaft, CCO
E-Mail: kristina@bitstars.com
Website: http://bitstars.com/

 

For further information about the tech-conferences, see homepages below:

Mostafa Akbari on stage at the German Accelerator Pitch

Silicon Valley we’re coming

Yesterday the winners of the German Accelerator program were announced. Our founders participated in the Celebration Innovation Day in Stuttgart and after an interesting day with great international speakers and pitches the tension rose when finally the winners of the German Accelerator program were announced. The bitstars team could cheer because we will be joining the Silicon Valley next year.

Every year the German Accelerator picks the best startups in Germany to support them while entering the U.S. market. The startups fly to the Accelerator headquarters in Silicon Valley and New York and participate in workshops and seminars, where they will be coached by mentors. The Accelerator provides free working space and the participation in the program is free as well. The participation spots are in great demanded, therefore the bitstars team is proud to have accomplished to be selected by the German Accelerator.

Dart Flight School

DART Flight school3
Today bitstars is hosting the Dart Flight School, which includes an introduction course and mini hackathon for web development with DART.

Dart Flight SchoolDart Flight School 2

Sebastian, one of bitstars great programmers went the extra mile to make his presentation special and showed up in full costume.

 

Aachen Entrepreneurship Week 2013

ill start, where bitstars is going to be a partner by organizing the FoundersHack and the GDG meets Microsoft event.