Augmented Reality: Empowering Industry 4.0

Augmented Reality: for some it’s science fiction. But those in the know have been using it for years to reduce faults, increase efficiency, and improve their bottom line. Companies like Boeing, DAF, and DHL rely on augmented reality to keep their processes running smoothly. If you want to know how to make your company leaner, improve your sales, prevent costly shut-downs, and see the future of manufacturing then keep reading.

Let’s start with the basics and go into what AR is all about.

The value of Augmented Reality
Augmented reality is about placing digital information into the real world in the right context. AR has you look at the world through a device like a smartphone, tablet, or smart glasses. This device recognizes what you’re looking at and then places a digital addition on top of what you see, called an augmentation. This can be an instruction, a video, a 3D animation – anything that adds value. It’s always in the right perspective, it’s always very clear, and it’s always accurate. Put simply augmented reality bridges the gap between information and context. 

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TWNKLS | augmented reality @ Virtual Revolution

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Op 7, 8 en 9 maart staat TWNKLS op de Virtual Revolution in Veldhoven. Het evenement, dat uniek is in de Benelux, laat zien wat virtual en augmented reality voor de industrie kan betekenen. TWNKLS laat samen met haar opdrachtgevers succesvolle implementaties van augmented reality zien met betrekking tot training & instructie, maintenance & repair, remote expert en measure & visualisatie. Gerenommeerde eindgebruikers zoals WEMO en Innovam delen hun ervaringen, aanpak, visie en behaalde resultaten.

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TWNKLS at Emerce Dare 2016

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On the last day of November Emerce held the first edition of Dare, a conference for creative professionals in Holland that caters to designers and developers from a variety of fields.

Speakers included Frog Design, Fabrique, Momkai and our own Marnix Kickert. He gave a talk on designing for augmented reality, with special attention to designing for wearables such as Hololens. Augmented reality is one of the most exciting challenges facing designers today, and interest was high. We definitely got an interesting discussion going!

We’d like to thank the people at Emerce for making this possible and we hope to see you next year at Emerce Dare 2017!

The new worker: bridging knowledge and action with augmented reality.

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At TWNKLS we believe that knowledge is the most valuable good we produce. This is especially true in the complex automotive field. Factory workers use their knowledge to build your car, salesmen make information sparkle in order to sell you that car, you’ve had to learn a whole lot of it to even be legally allowed to drive your car and perhaps someday you will teach that skill to someone else.

Knowledge is the fuel for action. It is something that we share, that we acquire, and that we apply. These things are all interconnected. By doing something often you get more skillful, by sharing knowledge you come to new insights, and through both these processes you turn external knowledge into internal, tacit knowledge. Through simple repetition you can turn a complex task like shifting gears into something you do purely from instinct. Read more

Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry 2016

TWNKLS will be present at the two-day Augmented Reality in the Industry 2016 conference in Berlin (November 28 & 29). This conference focuses on the challenges of AR for the driving experience, workshop repair and general use in the automotive industry. This is the second annual conference organized by CTI and brings together experts and decision makers from automotive companies and technology providers.

Gerben Harmsen, CEO of TWNKLS, will give a presentation on the first day of the conference and you can meet TWNKLS at the booth where we present multiple demos. The complete two-day event program can be viewed here.

Dutch police use augmented reality to investigate crime scenes

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You’re the first police officer to arrive at the scene: a suspected ecstasy lab. There’s drug paraphernalia everywhere, but which piece of evidence could be most helpful for your investigation? Then, a massive virtual arrow appears, pointing out a bottle of chemicals, accompanied by a note saying: “Bag this please”.

Dutch police are trialling an augmented reality (AR) system that streams video from body cameras worn by officers to experts elsewhere. These experts can then guide the officers by annotating the scene virtually with notes that the officers can see on a smartphone or head-mounted device like Google Glass.
“We now have good enough software and hardware to use augmented reality at crime scenes,” says Dragoş Datcu, principal researcher at AR company Twnkls in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Read more

The largest event dedicated to AR come to Europe

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Augmented World Expo (AWE), the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to augmented reality (AR) is coming to Europe October 18-19, 2016 to the bcc Berlin Congress Center in Germany.

Join over 1,500 professionals including a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and top press in a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and experience first hand the most exciting industry of our times.

Gerben Harmsen, CEO TWNKLS, will give a presentation and will showcase Award winning projects.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Grab tickets now for €350 off of the regular ticket price. Early Bird tickets available until August 31!

ECCV’16 European Conference on Computer Vision Amsterdam

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The 14th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) is a premier international conference on research in computer vision. The event consists of workshops, tutorials, demonstrations and exhibits, and provides a forum for expert discussion on recent innovations and applications in these technologies.

•During the days of the main conference (October 11-14), a number of research papers will be presented.
•The workshops (October 8-10, and 16) will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore current research on topics such as Augmented Reality, data, visualization, autonomous driving and others.
•The regular and invited tutorials (held on Saturdays October 8 and 15) will feature topics such as deep learning, computational tools, analysis and more.

In addition, the event will host an exposition of over 100 exhibitors and sponsors that is free for attendees. Read more

Standalone or Wide field-of-view HMD? (HoloLens vs. Meta2)

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July 1, 2016 - Dr.ir. Dragos Datcu, Principal Researcher Augmented Reality

Up to date, two of the most promising Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) for Augmented Reality (AR), are Microsoft HoloLens and Meta2. The two (still experimental) optical see-through HMDs have similar appearance and (presumably also similar weights – no full specs available). Several technical characteristics of the two are comparable, yet there are few major differences one has to consider to determine which HMD is more appropriate for a given scenario. Read more

2016 Dutch Interactive Awards nominations

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We have been nominated for the 2016 DIA, in the best tools category for our communication and education tool for the Golden Room in the Mauritshuis, which we developed with the Mauritshuis and Shell. Using this app, visitors of the museum can restore the works of the artist Pellegrini, discover a strange white bloom and colour in the works in augmented reality. The award show will be held on the 26th of May and we will then find out if we have been able to capitalise on the nomination.

Four out of seven, DIA PRO

Out of the seven Dutch Interactive Awards that have been held, our CTO Lex van der Sluijs and his team have already received four nominations in four years for their projects, for which he mainly developed computer vision algorithms and software architecture. We are proud that Lex is nominated for a Dutch Interactive Professional Awards for Best in Technology