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.
The postman just delivered a brand new Theta Model S camera directly to our headquarter’s door, sponsored by Ricoh!
Due to a lucky coincidence our CEO Mostafa Akbari was on site today as well, instead of being in the office in San Francisco. So he was able to use the opportunity and start to unbox the great piece of technology right away. Of course we captured this great moment in proper style in 360 degrees with a Ricoh Theta camera (on PC use Google Chrome for 360° view and make sure to select 1080s resolution):
The camera will definitely support us essentially at the continuous, further development of HoloBuilder.com and will help us to get more users enthusiastic about great 360-degree content. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Ricoh at this point and are looking forward to a good further cooperation.
In the good company of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators, bitstars is a presenting company at the Pioneer Summit 2015. From Wednesday, October 7 to Friday, October 9, 2015, HoloBuilder is shown at the annual meeting of leading entrepreneurs from venture-backed startups, investors and innovation executives from technology companies.
To „Build Tomorrow Today“ (the gathering’s slogan) they come together in the centre of Silicon Valley at GSVlabs, a campus and community network, aiming to use their resources to accelerate innovative companies in the areas of „EdTech, Sustainability, Big Data, and Mobility“. GSV is short for „Global Silicon Valley„, a collective of businesses focused on media, strategic services and investments that are hosting the event. In general, they want to find what they call „the Stars of Tomorrow“, the most dynamic growth companies in the world, to invest in and partner up with them.
Amid those visionary people and highly innovative companies that are shaping the future of the Silicon Valley as well as of the whole industry, it seems to be the perfect place for bitstars to present HoloBuilder. As a one-of-a-kind web app for easily creating and consuming 360-degree images as well as augmented and virtual reality content, it provides cutting-edge technology to everybody. Being based on WebGL, it requires only a browser, thus creating and experiencing 3D content becomes possible on almost any (mobile) device. HoloBuilder enables many new possibilities and opportunities for professionals from diverse areas as well as all new options for private persons to create and share amazing content quite easily.
This combination of the latest, innovative technology with ease of use contains great potential for high acceptance and thus dynamic growth as well. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see which possibilities, chances, and opportunities will arise from this meeting with other leading innovators and top companies of the Silicon Valley.
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.
Over the last few weeks some of Germany’s most renowned politicians came to California to get together with the great minds send out from Germany. Mostafa Akbari, CEO of bitstars, who is currently situated in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto/San Francisco, California, USA) to establish a market with the US and Asia, met with them personally to discuss the technology of tomorrow. No matter whether it is the CDU, SPD or Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party, all came to talk about differences in the start-up culture in Germany and the US, the relevance of Industry 4.0 as well as the open-mindedness of the Silicon Valley and Japan towards start-ups.
bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari met with Armin Laschet (CDU), currently serving as state MP in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia as head of his party’s parliamentary group. They discoursed about the major differences of the support for founders in Germany and the US, what Germany can learn from the American founders’ mentality and how the founders’ climate could be improved altogether. Read more about this visit online (German press).
Mostafa Akbari meeting Armin Laschet (CDU).
Furthermore, Mostafa came together with Brigitte Zypries (SPD), current Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy coordinating Germany’s IT, aviation and space policies, to debate about the potential and future of Industry 4.0. Main topics were Googles new project Jaguar, introducing smart textile designs in cooperation with the textile industry, as well as the role of other Silicon Valley pioneers and their impact on mid-tier companies. In the context of Industry 4.0 the importance of German founders was further elaborated.
Mostafa and Brigitte Zypries (SPD) at the German Accelerator.
Last but not least, Mostafa met with Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the political party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. They discussed the actual technological, economic-political state in the US and Japan. The focus of the conversation was set on the positive attitude of the Silicon Valley as well as the open minded mentality of Japanese companies towards startups around the world.
bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari meets with politician Cem Özdemir (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen).
Those meetings underline the commitment and involvement of German politicians to support German technology as well as ambitioned entrepreneurs abroad.
The Augmented World Expo (AWE) is home to over 200 companies with backgrounds in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), wearable technology as well as the ‚Internet of Things‘ (IoT), with bitstars being a part of it in 2015:
CEO Mostafa Akbari and CTO Simon Heinen were among thousands of tech-professionals participating in over 20 workshops, 200 interactive demos and 100 first-class talks from industry leaders and pioneers.
The slogan of the whole event was „Share the superpowers of AR, VR, Wearable Tech and IoT with the World!“ and this is exactly what bitstars did, by giving three interesting talks about the future of AR for enterprises:
Simon Heinen elaborated on the topic of the IoT and AR in a talk about ‘The perfect match: Augmented Reality + M2M Communication’.
Mostafa Akbari, who has a lot of real-world implementation experience, met consumers and providers alike to discuss the practicalities of ‘How to Expand AR Adoption in Enterprises’ in a moderated panel. The whole discussion is available on YouTube.
A spontaneous talk about safety precaution in working environments as well as the potential and advantages of new AR goggles completed the event for us.
In detail the bitstars performance schedule looked like following:
Internet Of Things and AR, June 8, 3:15pm – 4:00pm, Room 212 Simon Heinen (bitstars) – The perfect match: Augmented Reality + M2M Communication; Tom Wesselman (Plantronics) – The IoT: Possibilities, Challenges, and Real World Questions; Brock Kolls (CN2) – Data and Analytics in AR/VR
How to expand AR adoption, June 8, 5:00pm – 5:45pm, Theater
Panel moderated by Alex Hill (CN2) with Juergen Lumeira (Bosch), Paul Davies (Boeing), Fridolin Wild (DDR), Mostafa Akbari (Founder & CEO, bitstars), Joe Metzger (Johnson and Johnson).
A discussion forum on augmented reality advocating the alliance of enterprises. Main issue is the promotion of the expansion of enterprise AR and the adaption to open and interoperable standards.
Spontaneous talk on the topic of Safety and risk factors in Augmented Reality for Enterprises, June 8 Mostafa Akbari (bitstars) – Device, Human & Environment safety and risk factors
To summarize, it was a great event that provided an interesting impression of the current state of the AR and VR business, combined with great opportunities to meet amazing industry experts and a perfect mix of various events and activities. bitstars is looking forward to next year, for which the registration is already open!
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.
CeBIT 2015 Hannover, 18 March, 11:40 AM – 01:00 PM
bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari participated at a discussion round table at the CeBIT 2015 with Thorben Fasching (hmmh multimediahaus AG), Christoph Sauer (nuveon GmbH), Prof. Dr. Carl B. Welker (Director, IIW Institut für Informationswirtschaft) and Prof. Hendrik Speck (Professor of Digital Media at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern/ Department of Computer Sciences/ Interactive Media and head of the Information Architecture/ Search Engine Laboratory). Focus of the discussion was the actual potential wearables bear for the future and who really benefits from their use. Therefore, the benefits of wearables such as Google Glass turning us into „super humans“ as well as the dark side of this featuristic developement considering privacy issues and the social isolation of the users were conversed. Both the usage in our daily private life and the benefits in our professional life were topics of the discussion. In this context Industry 4.0 as well as the reaction of employees to the new technologies were important questions to be examined.
Check out the different opinions and perspectives on wearables and their application. Follow the whole talk in german here: