AR+RFID-Lab: January 2008 – December 2009

In 2008 and 2009, the AR+RFID-Lab received a grant from Raak, this time through the Raak-Public Arrangement. We continued to work with more or less the same with partners as in previous years. We added Melissa Coleman to our Lab-team and had to say goodbye to Jan Willem Brandenburg. Jurjen Caarls left the AR Lab to work his Dissertation.

Among the highlights was our activity with two AR headsets in the Furniture and Design Exposition in Milan; Salone del Mobile, April 2008. Our headset “George” was manufactured by Cybermind and was based on the design Niels Mulder made as his final work for the post-graduate course Industrial Design.


This success sparked subsequent cooperations with museums. At Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam we collaborated with Joachim Rotteveel on a project that utilized AR to display medieval pottery. The three-month exhibition Sgraffito in 3D was held in the famous Richard Serra hall of the museum from October 2008 till February 2009.

In October 2008, the AR+RFID-Lab presented a mobile phone application that checks the privacy protocol of an institute or a company that uses RFID tags on their cards, such as a membership card for a gym. This tool was our contribution to DIFR: the Dutch Interdisciplinary Forum on RFID.

In June 2009, the Lab presented an AR-installation in the Sculpture Garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, using AR-Laptops attached to ‘walkers’ / Zimmer frames (wheeled walking aids for the elderly).

In September 2009, Jurjen Caarls’ PhD research was concluded with his dissertation on “Pose Estimation for Mobile Devices and Augmented Reality”.

We finished this project term with a huge exhibition called State of the AR. At the opening, Yolande Kolstee, Sabine Wildevuur, Joost Rekveld and Dorota Walentynowicz gave talks on the subjects of science, art, technology and the vision domain. Joachim Rotteveel curated the exhibition.