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Layar Vision Demo Video: Stream 2011 Concepts

Adriane Goetz September 22, 2011

As we previously mentioned, Maarten Lens-FitzGerald recently attended the Stream 2011 conference in Athens and brought along some cool new Layar Vision concepts!

These giant posters now hang proudly in our office for those who enter Layar HQ to experience, but we also created a demo video to share that experience with everyone!

If you downloaded the Layar Vision beta (Android only) you can try the Stream11 layer for yourself using these reference images.

Otherwise, just check out the demo video!

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#Stream11 Conference Report: Insights, Demos and an Ignite Talk

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald September 12, 2011

This year I once again had the privilege to attend WPP’s Stream, an unconference event hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, and Yossi Vardi. It was a month earlier than last year, which resulted in tropical weather. This contributed nicely to the event.

I like Stream because it is a very relaxed atmosphere where everyone is in shorts and flip flops, the egos are left at the door, and everyone is very open, willing to engage and share. For me it’s great to get an idea of what’s going on in the world of digital advertising. Almost all of WPP’s digital directors and managers are there, which is a lot, as WPP is one of the world’s biggest agencies. Next to that they bring their clients and partners. I get to talk to all parties in this ecosystem and learn from them.

A day at Stream has two parts. The first part, the daytime, is when workshops and discussions take place. I hosted a discussion on AR (see below for the learned insights and used demos). The second part is the evening program. Here everyone gathers in the Big Top (the main tent) for various entertaining activities. On Friday night it was time for the Ignite talks.

Ignite talk: Augmented Reality is the Great Equalizer

The format for the Ignite Talks was originally thought up by Tim O’Reilly. It’s a format where all can climb the stage and share an idea or vision, anything basically, as long as they adhere to the format: 15 slides that automatically forward every 15 seconds.

It was great to use this format to challenge myself to fit our vision about why Augmented Reality will be an important part of our life in the coming years, and what the effect will be, into only 5 minutes and 15 slides! Plus, the added pressure of being in the midst of other presenters like Esther Dyson, Andrew Keen and David Rowan. There is only one remedy for these situations, and that is to practice… and practice and practice (which i did). The presentation went well; people liked it. Anyway, the slides are below. Go here to see the transcript in a separate post.

Insights

The main insight that I gained from Stream is that Augmented Reality is about to break though with Vision. As soon as people see how it works, just holding a phone over an object or magazine page, they realize the potential. Readers, users, consumers, publishers, advertisers—everyone. As soon as they see it they get it, and start coming up with use cases themselves.

For Augmented Reality to break though, it’s important that large media titles as well as brands start adopting it in their work. That’s the way for the public to get acquainted with it. They will help and show that it’s worth doing by offering a valuable experience. I especially think magazines and newspapers will play a big roll initially. They know content and also have a great existing channel and audience.

Another learning, and advantage for publishers and brands to use Augmented Reality, is its short lead time and no need to change original assets. Packaging doesn’t need to be altered to add an experience on top of it. The Augmented Reality experience can be added later and much more quickly than it takes to produce the packaging itself or the article. For example, the poster campaign mentioned below was developed in less than a week.

Layar Vision Demos

I brought several demonstrations with me in the form of posters as shown below. If you have a beta build (Android only) of the Layar Browser then look for “Stream11” and hold it over the poster to experience it.

For those who don’t have the beta: with the girl you can try out several pick-up lines to get her attention. You see this when you hold your phone up to the poster. You can scroll though the pick up lines and try them out with different results.

The Lolcat poster had a lot of success. Everyone likes them 8-). In this demo you again just hold up your phone over the poster and see several options: share the cute cat love with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, watch a cute cat video, donate to a cat cause and… (yes the best one is the last) give the cat laser eyes!

Many thanks to WPP, the Stream team and all who were there. It was a great weekend!

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald
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Maarten Lens-FitzGerald’s Ignite Talk at WPP’s Stream 2011 Conference

Adriane Goetz September 12, 2011

Below are the slides and the transcript of the Ignite talk Maarten Lens-FitzGerald gave at this year’s WPP Stream event (read what else he did, in his own words, here).

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Layar’s Presentation at the WPP Stream event

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald October 4, 2010

I just got back from Stream, an unconference event hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, and Yossi Vardi. It was a very inspiring event, great atmosphere and with marvelous people, all very eager to learn about Augmented Reality. I went to introduce the attending brand and agency people to Augmented Reality, Layar’s platform and the partner network. Also I wanted to hear what they need in order to use more Augmented Reality in their respective businesses.



Presentation with more use cases
Below is the presentation I used in the workshop about Augmented Reality. It was a good session. We discussed lots of new campaign and service ideas. Main feedback was the need for more use cases and examples. People at the agencies and brands want to have repeatable examples about what can be done with Layar’s Augmented Reality. In the presentation below there is a good set already. Feel free to download and use yourself. More can be found in the Layer of the week category of the blog.





Layar in the Gadgethon final
The Gadgethon is where participants share their favorite gadget on stage, real or fake… Its in the evening and lots of fun. Over 20 gadgets where presented, a small selection: the the Galaxy Tab, light emitting earplugs, 3d video camera’s (fake?) and many more cool gadgets.



I didn’t show the regular Layar but the demo of the Shooter we made to showcase sensor fusion. It got a bit ‘warm’ onstage when it took a minute to get the game going. That’s the challenge of live demo’s using 3G or wifi. The minute made it only better because it built up the tension. People liked it. The Layar R&D Shooter lost to the Funk Machine… rightly so (who doesn’t want a tuba synthesizer with flashing lights…).





Cheers



Maarten

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