Mostafa Akbari bitstars MTC 2014

MobileTech Conference – Berlin,1.-3. September, 2014

BERLIN

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 – 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

On Tuesday, September 2nd, bitstars‘ CEO Mostafa Akbari gave a presentation about the interplay between augmented reality, wearables and the Internet of Things as different technologies at the MobileTech Conference in Berlin. During his presentation, Mostafa provided a close insight at current technologies in the mobile industry finding their way in our daily life. After contributing a detailed outline of smart sensor tags and a comparing presentation of BLE and iBeacon, he explained their limits and showed the interaction possibilities of the future. As exemplary technologies, Mostafa delivered an introductory overview of the MYO technology by Thalmic Labs, Google Glass as well as the ORA-1 glass by Optinvent and presented them through live demos. As the Internet of Things becomes larger from day to day, taking in even more devices and gadgets, it becomes more relevant for our daily lives to know how to make use of it. In coherence to the development of the Internet of Things, Mostafa presented the new BitOS – a SmartHome System relying on sensor tags, the WIFI network as well as cameras with motion detection which currently are being developed and tested in the bitstars’ office. At last, Mostafa introduced the first game FloppyDroid for smartwatches so far, being developed by bitstars, and finished by explaining the positive aspects of the use of Augmented Reality solutions for maintenance in Industry 4.0.

 

Mostafa Akbari bitstars MTC 2014

CEO of bitstars, Mostafa Akbari, at the MobileTech Conference.

Also see here for more infos about the event on  the german webpage of the MobileTech Conference.

bitstars presents 3D detection with smartphone, tablet and more at the proceedings of ‚Application of digital models and methods in plant life cycles‘

MANNHEIM, Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 2:30pm – 3:00pm

VR-Anlagenbau2

Virtual Reality Plant engineering.

bitstars founder and CEO Mostafa Akbari gave a brief presentation about Augmented and Virtual Reality at the conjoint convention of the 8. IAK Laser-scanning and VR in Plant Engineering and the 2. IAK Virtual Engineering in Process-, Machine- and Plant-techniques session. Through a demonstration Mostafa explains the 3D detection with mobile devices. In consequence of the widening circulation of Oculus Rift and Cardboard, Augmented and Virtual Reality gain popularity, which results in decreasing implementation costs. The bitstars solution makes the development of AR and VR content a lot easier and even enables the implementation of Augmented and Virtual Reality in SmartHome projects.

The event was organized by the German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association (VDMA) Baden-Würtemberg, the Administration Union for Supporting Mechanical and Plant Engineering Saxony-Anhalt (FASA) and the Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) Fellbach for the first time to gather conjoint interests and enforce the technical Exchange. The keynote of the event was the application of 3D-models in plant life cycles considering AR and VR solutions.

Besides the representatives of the three organizers, companies such as the BASF SE, SAP AG, kubit GmbH, Z&M 3D-Welt GmbH and RE’FLEKT GmbH participated in the event.

For more information go to the VDC Fellbach website.

 

SLAM tests

Here are some current SLAM tests development screenshots showing 3D augmentations of the reality:

Junge IKT-Wirtschaft: Bundesminister Dr. Rösler besucht bitstars

BERLIN, Junge IKT-Wirtschaft

Das Technologie-Startup bitstars konnte Dr. Philipp Rösler, Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie für den Besuch Ihres Standes auf der Messe Junge IKT-Wirtschaft gewinnen. Das Thema Industrie 4.0 war hier ausschlaggebend für den Besuch. Dr. Philipp Rösler ließ sich die Ideen der Jungunternehmer erklären und diskutierte mit ihnen über Kooperationsmöglichkeiten mit etablierten Industriepartnern.

Junge IKT-Wirtschaft: Bundesminister Dr. Rösler besucht bitstars

Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie Dr. Philipp Rösler besucht bitstars an ihrem Stand (Fotos: „© Junge-IKT Wirtschaft / Fotograf Hr. Borrs“)

Rösler unterstrich in seinem Grußwort vor rund 400 Gästen die große Bedeutung der modernen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien. “Junge IKT-Unternehmen schaffen durch Innovationen attraktive Arbeitsplätze und nachhaltiges Wachstum. Sie tragen maßgeblich zur wirtschaftlichen Dynamik und internationalen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit unseres Landes bei.” Er führte weiter aus wie wichtig Junge IKT-Startups mit ihren Ideen und Produkten für die etablierte deutsche Industrie sind, um diese auch zukünftig zu stärken.

Das Team vom bitstars arbeitet an Mobile High-Tech Produkten für die produzierende Industrie. Aktuell konzentrieren sich bitstars und Partner mit ihren Produkten und Services darauf, die Textilmaschinen und Produktion Industrie 4.0 Ready zu gestalten. “Wir wollen mit unserer Technologie die Lücke zwischen Information und Wahrnehmung zwischen Mensch und Maschine schließen”, so Mostafa Akbari einer der drei Gründer von bitstars. Mit der von bitstars entwickelten Lösung können beispielsweise Mitarbeiter eines Unternehmens gezielt bei Wartungsarbeiten an Maschinen unterstützt oder durch Ambiente-Anleitungen die Produktion in Hochlohnländern gesteigert werden. “Wir freuen uns über das positive Feedback von Minister Rösler und die Bestätigung unseres Beitrags zu Industrie 4.0”

Mo and Simon at the Droidcon in Berlin 2013

BERLIN, Droidcon

„Since 2010 we are working on an Augmented reality framework for Android called DroidAR to create one of the most advanced products for the creation of AR applications. We organize software labs at the RWTH Aachen university and gained a lot experience through the developed applications which are all based on our framework. We are using a composition system to process the input from the available sensors together with the localization and orientation data from the computer vision algorithms. The framework supports location based AR via GPS in combination with a step detection algorithm for very accurate positioning. In addition we use computer vision for localization. Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) allows the centimeter accurate calculation of the devices position. It also enables us to detect the users surroundings in 3D like walls or specific objects. This allows completely new application scenarios like realistic augmentation and 3D object detection. Furthermore we created a multiplayer component for real time collaborative application and game scenarios which are especially important for Augmented Reality applications. The rendering and logic components are fully separated and exchangeable from the AR components. The default rendering implementation is based on the JMonkey Engine which is a shader-based game engine using OpenGL ES 2. It provides a fully integrated SDK for professional game and application development maintained by a very large, active development team and applications can be developed and tested directly on the development machine which allows very efficient development cycles.“ – Mostafa Akbari and Simon Heinen, founders of bitstars

 

For more information you can have a look at the presentation files below:

 

Or see here for the bitstars slides from the Droidcon Berlin.

bitstars as coauthor at the „Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy“

bitstars wrote a chapter for the Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy. The Developer’s Guide is a free, non-commercial book that provides an overview on the different mobile technologies and platforms for developers and decision-makers.

More than 20 writers from the mobile community share their know-how, over more than 250 pages, in dealing with topics such as accessibility in mobile apps, LBS, mobile analytics, prototyping, cross-platform development, native development, mobile web and app marketing. This project was initiated in 2009 and we have since published a number of updated versions. As of today, we have distributed over 50,000 hardcopies. The 12th, and latest, edition was published in February 2013.

You can download it as a pdf (now also available in spanish and catalan), or get yourself a hardcopy at all the industry events where Enough Software and WIP are present. You can also download the ebook version on the kobo store or amazon.

Take a look at the enough software website for more information about the „Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy“.

We moved to GitHub

We moved to GitHub to improve the possibility for the community to participate in DroidAR. Here is the link, go ahead and take a look!

Contributing to DroidAR is easy on GitHub (that’s the main reason why we switched from Google Code). Click „Fork“ do your changes in your local copy of DroidAR and then push it back to the DroidAR repository. I will make a short instruction video about this soon.

There are some rules to allow an easy integration of your code and changes:
  • You have to use the default code formatting style of Eclipse
  • You should enable auto formatting whenever you save a file. This way you can’t forget to format: Go to Preferences->Java->Editor->Save Actions and enable „Format source code“ and „Organize imports“.
Now when you save the code is formatted automatically. This will avoid commit conflicts and changes in the code can be reviewed more easily.