NEWS ARLAB 2012

December 3, 2012

On December 3, 2012, Oytun Akman will give a short layman presentation at 09.30 hrs on his thesis 'Robust Augmented Reality'. The PhD defense will start at 10.00 hrs in the Senaatszaal of the TU Delft's Aula, Mekelweg 5 in Delft.

The PhD thesis of Oytun Akman can be downloaded from:

http://repository.tudelft.nl/view/ir/uuid:3adeccef-19db-4a06-ab26-8636ac...

December 3, 2012

The second issue of AR[t] Magazine is now published online! AR[t] is an inspiring magazine series for the emerging AR community in- and outside the Netherlands. A limited number of hardcopies are also available. AR[t]Magazine is run by a small and dedicated team of researchers, artists and lecturers at the AR Lab (based at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Leiden University. In AR[t], we share our interest in Augmented Reality (AR), discuss its applications in the arts and provide insight into the underlying technology.

November 15, 2012

On Thursday November 15, the AR Lab organised the first in a string of Pop-Up Galleries, which attracted a lot of interest, in close collaboration with the Lectorate Innovative Visualisation Techniques and the Royal Academy of Art’s Studium Generale.

For the first edition, students of the Graphic Design Department were asked to work on the concept of AR. The event was presented by Dirk Vis and at the end of the evening Studium Generale’s speakers Niels Schräder and Sander Veenhof were joined by head of the AR Lab, Yolande Kolstee to give out awards for the best projects. Below you will get an impression of this very successful evening.

November 15, 2012

The first Pop Up Gallery will take place Thursday November 15th and opens at 17:00 hrs in the rooms around the Auditorium of the Academy. Students of the Graphic Design Department will show their work and graphic designer Niels Schräder and AR-artist Sander Veenhof will give lectures. After the lectures, around 19:00 hrs the Pop Up Gallery will be opened.

The AR Lab and the Lectorate Innovative Visualisation Techniques of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague organize a series of Pop Up Galleries and Lectures that investigate how Augmented Reality can be used by artists.

The first Pop Up Gallery will take place Thursday November 15th and opens at 17:00 hrs in the rooms around the Auditorium of the Academy. Students of the Graphic Design Department have worked on the concept of Augmented Reality and the results will be shown. At 17:00 hrs the lectures, the first given by Niels Schräder, and the second by Sander Veenhof, will also start. After the lectures, around 19:00 hrs, the Pop Up Gallery will opened. 17:00 hrs Lectures

Niels Schräder - graphic designer: Mind Design

“Unravel the Web – Network structures of the Internet” on breaking through linear forms of reading, and new publishing formats on the Internet.

What type of website is a good artist's website?

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Sander Veenhof - new media artist on his work & augmented reality.

19:00 hrs Opening 1st Pop Up Gallery on Augmented Reality

Prize awarded by... Read more

November 12, 2012

During the AR Lab's stay in the United States in November 2012 for the ISMAR 2012 conference, the Lab had the opportunity to visit, on invitation, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York and to meet with two of MoMA's staff. We initially met MoMA's Allegra Burnette and Chiara Bernasconi during the MuseumNext conference in Barcelona earlier this year and visiting them at MoMA in New York allowed us to show them and their staff some of our projects, and to continue our previous conversation. Our aspiration is to set up a coorporation between MoMA and the KABK / AR Lab, something which we will keep you posted on. To be continued!

November 8, 2012

The article 'The Augmented Painting: Playful Interaction with Multi-Spectral Images' was accepted for the ISMAR 2012 conference. AR Lab presented the research at the conference in Atlanta (5 - 8 November). ISMAR is the high standard International conference on Mixed and Augmented Reality. "Museum conservators and researchers often take multi-spectral captures of the paintings they study, commonly using x-ray, infrared and ultraviolet equipment. Usually these captures are not accessible to the museum visitor, even though they offer valuable information about the painting. Since 2009 the AR Lab has been developing installations which allow museum visitors to explore these special captures in an user-friendly and playful way. This article describes and comments on the different phases this project went through, and gives a preview of our latest augmented reality application." During the conference AR Lab was very proud to be awarded "ISMAR 2012 Best Demo" award!

November 8, 2012

Meet us at 11th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2012): the symposium will be held from November 5 - 8, 2012 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA. AR Lab will present their article and will also demo a project. The fields of Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) seek to interactively mix virtual media with a person's perception of the physical world around them. Whether interactively combining physical and virtual objects and environments in 3D, or reacting to location or other aspects of a users context, these paradigms enable fascinating new types of user interfaces, and are beginning to show significant impact on industry and society. The field is highly interdisciplinary, and MR/AR concepts are applicable to a wide range of applications. Since 1998, ISMAR and its forerunner events, IWAR/ISAR and ISMR, have been the premier forums in this vital field. The 11th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2012) will be held from November 5 - 8, 2012 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA. More about ISMAR 2012 at http://ismar.vgtc.org/

November 1, 2012

The first Pop-Up Gallery, held on November 15, featured projects by students from the Graphic Design department. Not one, but two winners were awarded: Jente Hoogeveen en Jorick de Quaatsteniet.

Jente won with her project 'Had je dat gedicht?' (roughly translated as 'How does that rhyme with you?'). Error messages we are confronted with on a daily basis are transformed into poems in order to take some of the zing out of stressful situations. Jorick won with his project 'Get your shit together' where animated QR-codes formed text.

November 1, 2012

Our article "The Augmented Painting: Playful Interaction with Multi-Spectral Images" has been accepted for the ISMAR 2012 conference! We will present our research at the conference in Atlanta (5 - 8 November). ISMAR is the high standard International conference on Mixed and Augmented Reality. Our article "The Augmented Painting: Playful Interaction with Multi-Spectral Images" has been accepted for the ISMAR 2012 conference! We will present our research at the conference in Atlanta (5-8 November). This is the abstract: "Museum conservators and researchers often take multi-spectral captures of the paintings they study, commonly using x-ray, infrared and ultraviolet equipment. Usually these captures are not accessible to the museum visitor, even though they offer valuable information about the painting. Since 2009 the AR Lab has been developing installations which allow museum visitors to explore these special captures in an user-friendly and playful way. This article describes and comments on the different phases this project went through, and gives a preview of our latest augmented reality application." During the conference we very proud to be awarded "ISMAR 2012 Best Demo" award!

October 31, 2012

This is a seminar, organized by the Dutch Association of Universities of Applied Sciences [HBO-raad], concerning the valorisation of (HBO) research.

Dutch:

“Kennisvalorisatie staat al jaren op hoog op de agenda van hogescholen. Dat is niet verwonderlijk, het gaat om toepassen en bruikbaar van kennis voor bedrijven en de publieke sector: een natuurlijke taak voor het HBO. Maar valorisatie is meer dan kennis alleen. Valoriseren heeft betrekking op een breed scala van activiteiten met als doel waardetoevoeging. Het gaat dan niet alleen om economische benutting maar ook om de creatie van maatschappelijke en culturele waarde,” aldus de HBO-raad. Yolande Kolstee zal tijdens de studiedag meer vertellen over het AR-project dat in samenwerking met het Van Gogh Museum is opgezet over Van Goghs atelierpraktijken, en vooral diens hergebruik van doeken. Dit werd vervolgens zichtbaar gemaakt op iPads bij de tentoonstelling ‘Van Goghs atelierpraktijk.’ in de nabijheid van de echte schilderijen tijdens de tentoonstelling ‘Van Goghs atelierpraktijk" van juni 2011 tot en met juni 2012.

Voor meer informatie over de studiedag: HBO-Raad website.

October 27, 2012

MUSEUM NIGHT Science Centre TU Delft: AR Lab shows the Bedroom of Van Gogh.

AR lab will demonstrate a very special way of showing specialist captures of the famous painting of Van Gogh.

This installation was made in cooperation with the Van Gogh Museum.

October 25, 2012

The AR Lab will demo some interactive installations that they developed for the Van Gogh Museum and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.

The Experience Design Event is part of Dutch Design Week 2012.

October 22, 2012

Recently, the book Human Factors in Augmented Reality Environments has been published by Springer, for which Yolande Kolstee contributed chapter 11, "Interactive AR Installation: Lessons Learned in the Field of Art, Design and Cultural Heritage." Human Factors in Augmented Reality Environments (2013) is the first book on human factors in AR addressing design, development, evalution as well as application issues. For more information about the book, please visit Springer's website.

October 6, 2012

The IDWTH will take place October 6 in Utrecht. AR Lab will be present and alive!

IWTH takes place in Utrecht. Lectures and brainstorm sessions ( 6,13 & 20 October) at Impakt, the place to be for media culture and innovative art.

The pitch day is part of Innovation Day at Media Plaza. Then entrepreneurs from Utrecht area will meet to exchange experiences, catch up new ideas to apply the latest insights.

October 2, 2012

A murder scene can only be investigated once: right after the act. Then everything is cleared up and no further research is possible. The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) may have found the solution. Tomorrow, a CSI Lab will open in the Hague to demonstrate a digital crime scene that you can enter and explore with special virtual reality glasses. This allows crime-scenes to stay intact for further investigation. The press will be allowed to see it today.

Within the new project CSI The Hague, NFI collaborates with high-tech companies and research institutes such as TNO, the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam University, Capgemini, TU Delft and Philips. The Hague and the Ministry of Economic Affairs are subsidising the project, which costs a total of about five million euros.

Augmented reality

"You can only investigate a crime scene once", says the NFI. "If you forget to secure possible evidence, it will be gone forever." Within the project CSI The Hague, the aforementioned VR glasses ('headmounted device') and a tablet were developed, which allows researchers to make three-dimensional recordings of a crime scene and add comments and possible clues using augmented reality. They also developed cameras that can capture heat and blood traces.

At the CSI Lab, the recordings can be projected and stored. Then, long after the crime scene has been cleared, detectives and forensic investigators can investigate and test hypotheses in the crime scene using... Read more

September 1, 2012

We helped Julie Vanderbeck, a graphic design student who graduated last summer at the Sint-Lukas Brussel, to realize her graduation project Hide/Seek:

Hide/Seek is my very own and first clothing line, which started as a graduation project. In some traditional communities clothes 'speak' their very own language. A language that can only be read if you're part of the same culture. I did research about these cultures and their hidden messages. How is the message made into clothing and what do they communicate most of the time? Inspired by all these examples and beautiful patterns I started to create my very own hidden messages. Therefore I designed patterns which you can scan by smartphone. Once scanned the message reveals itself on your phone. This can be a short text, a link to a website or even a picture or movie. You can order 'ready-made clothes' with patterns and messages I choose, but there's also the possibility to choose your very own hidden message, which I then make into a pattern. On every piece of clothing I attached a customized label so people who know about the collection also know when a piece of clothing can be scanned.

September 1, 2012

With the announcement of Google Glass augmented reality eye-wear (or head mounted displays as they were called before) suddenly became a hot topic.

With the announcement of Google Glass augmented reality eye-wear (or head mounted displays as they were called before) suddenly became a hot topic. Since Delft University of Technology has been developing augmented reality headsets for a long time together with the AR Lab (TU Delft is actually one of the pioneers in this field), we are following Google's developments with high interest. How will our soon to be released eye-wear compare to Google's? Since we have not been able to try Google's prototypes ourselves yet we can for now only compare their mentioned specifications. It is clear though that both systems are aiming for different goals. Google seems to be focussing on making a hud (head-up display), a virtual screen with relevant information which is always in your view, while the AR Lab aims to develop an immersive augmented reality experience. Our focus is to merge virtual 3d-objects with the real world in a seamless way. Our eye-wear has build in stereo cameras, capturing and processing our surroundings in real-time, making it able to add the virtual content in a believable way. More information on our eye-wear can be found here.

June 18, 2012

AR[t] is an inspiring magazine series for the emerging AR community inside and outside the Netherlands. In AR[t], we share our interest in Augmented Reality (AR), discuss its applications in the arts and provide insight into the underlying technology. It is our belief that AR and its associated technologies are important to the field of new media: media artists experiment with the intersection of the physical and the virtual and probe the limits of our sensory perception in order to create new experiences. We accept proposals for contributions of artistic, educational or academic value. Commercial applicability or relevance is *not* pivotal. If you would like to contribute, please contact us with a proposal first. We encourage contributions from writers, scholars, students, researchers, teachers and hobbyists. However, we reserve the right to decline articles, if no prior agreements have been made.

If you would like to contribute, please send us your proposal including:

  • Summary of topic (approximately 100-250 words);
  • Intended length (approximate number of words);
  • Intended main audience (e.g. art students or people with a technical background);
  • Planned format (e.g. column, interview, ...);
  • Information about whether you can provide image material to go with the article yourself.

Submission Timetable

1. Open for submissions and proposals: 10-05-2012

2. Deadline for proposals... Read more

June 13, 2012

The AR Lab won the 3rd prize at the RAAK-AWARD 2012! The award ceremony took place at the 'SIA-jaarcongres 2012', we also presented our 'Van Gogh' project there. A Raak-Award is an honour in terms of appreciation for the high quality of the research work done in the framework of a Raak-Pro Research Programme.

May 23, 2012

Announced on Virtueel Platform (Dutch only).

Read the text in Dutch here.

May 23, 2012

Touch and Go(gh) Van Gogh Museum has an in-gallery experiment interactively showing technical research (e.g. overlays of x-ray) on fixed tablets next to the original paintings, made by the AR Lab of Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. This experiment is part of a larger strategy to engage audiences in and around the museum, using new media. Together with Fabrique, the museum is developing a tablet magazine where the research results can be accessed in an engaging and intuitive way. Read more about the MuseumNext Conference 2012 on their website. Jolein van Kregten, Van Gogh Museum and Ebelien Pondaag, Fabrique were involved in this project.

May 19, 2012

Dutch Electronic Art Festival 2012 The Power of Things

The "Augmented Society" workshop during DEAF (Dutch Electronic Art Festival), is the perfect opportunity to think about the future of AR, and visualize your concepts in viral-ready mock-up video's.

DEBATE: May 19: 3.00- 5.00 PM

AR Lab will present here May 19, 5 - 7 PM

Festival Website

Experts on video / AR / media will guide the workshop and the results will be shown in the DEAF program on Saturday.

May 19, 2012

Meet the Scene is the place to extend your professional network at DEAF2012. After each of the three debates (Crafting the Future, The Augmented Society, and Thing Power) a Meet the Scene will allow you to continue the discussion in an informal way, shake hands with the speakers, and join a mix of key players in the field at their discussion tables to talk about the ‘discussion piece’ they brought. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

May 10, 2012

The AR Lab's entry has been shortlisted for the 'Most Innovative use of AR 2012' Award as part of the upcoming AR Summit in London.The winners will be announced during an awards drinkreception on the 13th June, following the AR Summit conference & expo.

May 10, 2012

A new project group of student, in a class of Wim van Eck, will produce some new exciting installations to show in the Van Gogh Museum the scientific discoveries that were made by material researchers and art-historians. The iPad installations of AR Lab will be available for the public till June 2012.

May 9, 2012

On 25 April 2012, the first issue of AR[t] was published. AR[t] is an inspiring magazine series for the emerging AR community inside and outside the Netherlands. The magazine is run by a small and dedicated team of researchers, artists and lecturers of the AR Lab (based at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Leiden University. In AR[t], we share our interest in Augmented Reality (AR), discuss its applications in the arts and provide insight into the underlying technology.

May 5, 2012

For the RAAK-Award of 2012 ten Research Projects have been nominated from a variety of research domains. A Raak-Award is an honour in terms of appreciation for the high quality of the research work done in the framework of a Raak-Pro Research Programme.

May 3, 2012

Virtueel Platform launched a Dutch publication of more than 50 media labs in The Netherlands. This inventory gives a broad overview of the lab-landscape.

You can check this brochure here.

More English language brochures are to be seen here .

April 16, 2012

for teachers and support staff

April 14, 2012

Yolande Kolstee will lecture on Augmented Reality in Groningen, Hanzehogeschool at the opening of the Multi-media Library.

11:00 - 12:00 uur mediatheek academie minerva

March 13, 2012

for teachers and support staff

February 14, 2012

For teachers and support staff! A presentation of computer controlled knitting machines, the weaving loom, the embroidery machine and the laser and dye-sublimation printers in combination with the calender (thermal bonding machine).

February 10, 2012

Research into the use of new visualisation techniques in Art Academies has begun, as part of the research domain IVT. We have joined forces with people from the Rijksakademie and HKU. Lecturers and workshop holders who are involved in this domain are welcome to join the research group. Subscribe via info@arlab.nl

The inquiry consists of:

The presence and use of new visualisation techniques at Art Academies
The presence and use of new visualisation techniques in Museums (autonomous art or to aid presentation)
Overview of the financial impact of of the use of new visualisation techniques in the cultural domain
Sample survey of audience satisfaction at a few installations (starting with the AR Lab installation at the Van Gogh Museum)

February 9, 2012

The AR Lab lectures and presents at the SURF onderzoeksdag (research-day) on 9 Februari 2012. This first research day, organized by SURF in cooperation with e-Science Center, aims to give insight into the usage of ICT-tools in research and research communication.

January 19, 2012

Smart Talk is a cooperation between De Unie in Debat and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. It consists of a series of talkshows and debates tailored to movie enthusiasts looking for more depth and analysis, and runs from January 27th to February 2nd at the Kleine Zaal of the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. Three of the debates will be lead by Bas Heijne, a reporter.

Smart Talk: The Real World?

This debate will focus on the merging of film and reality. In The Signals: For Real programme, Bas Heijne will discuss Augmented Reality — adding an audiovisual layer to the real world. The topics will include reality as a canvas, the interaction between virtual and physical space and 'scripting' real situations. How do these cinematic art forms influence our perception of reality? And what will the impact be on society when the physical world is filled with extra virtual information? Featuring, among others, the eteam (the duo of artists Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger), new media artist Sander Veenhof, V2_ curator Michel van Dartel and cyber philosopher Jos de Mul (subject to change).

Date: Sunday 29 January 2012, 21:00
Location: Schouwburgplein 25, 3012 CL, Rotterdam. Kleine Zaal at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Entree: Free, reservation not necessary
More information: visit www.deunie.nu / www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com or call Vrij 010-433 58 33... Read more