4. Aachener Firmenlauf 2015

bitstars at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf – running for a good cause

One for holo, holo for all! – Team Holo(Builder) starting at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf

On October 2nd bitstars participated for the first time at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf (‚Aachen Company Run‘). Six eager runners volunteered to accomplish the 9.26 km run in under 80 minutes. Being fully booked out, a total of 7.000 participants and 462 companies came together for a good cause running a distance of either 4.63 km or even 9.26 km. It was never so easy: doing good for a cause and doing good for yourself with only a few hours of breath taking engagement. Supporting three local charity projects a sum of 15.000€ was donated to the Förderkreis Schwerkranke Kinder E.V. (‚Association for the Promotion of Severely Ill Children‘), the Malaika E.V.-Verein zur Förderung der Lern- und Lebensfreude (‚Association for the Promotion of Enjoyment of Learning and Living‘) and the Evangelische Frauenverein Aachen (‚Evangelical Women’s Association Aachen‘) as a result of a total of 48.615 km run.

 

Six of our dear colleagues took it upon them starting at the 9.26 km run. Our mixed team made it to an awesome 206th place of 317 – presenting a total time of 3 hours 21 minutes and 22 seconds for a distance of 9.26 km. We are proud of our team accomplishing such great things. Showing – even during the run – an extraordinary commitment to provide superior content in HoloBuilder we took some very special 360° snapshots to make everyone feel like a part of it.

We at bitstars are proud to be a part of this amazing happening and are definitely up for the next round in 2016.
Find out more about the Aachener Firmenlauf and the results!

RICOH Theta Developer Contest 2015 winner holobuilder

bitstars wins RICOH THETA Developer Contest in Tokyo

In Tokyo, the web application holobuilder.com made by German start-up company bitstars just won the worldwide RICOH Theta Developer Contest held by Japanese technology provider RICOH. holobuilder could push through the fierce competition of 72 participants and 173 submitted projects from all over the world. The web-based application convinced the jury with its innovative possibilities in perfection to enhance 360 degree spherical panorama with 3D objects.

Tokio, Japan/ Aug. 20, 2015. In Tokyo, the German start-up company bitstars just won amazingly the developer contest by the Japanese technology provider RICOH in collaboration with the YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory. The requirement for participation was the usage of the RICOH THETA, a special camera for 360° panoramic photos, to make more convenient or provide new methods of application.
With holobuilder, a web tool that can, among other things, be used for the augmentation of 360 degree panoramic images with 3d elements, the partly in Palo Alto, California, USA and Aachen, Germany located company was able to stand up to strong competition from 15 countries. Inter alia the submissions came from the strongholds of technology start-ups, such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv or of course Japan itself. holobuilder could push through the fierce competition of 72 participants and 173 submitted projects from all over the world.

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bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari among all other awarded participants of the RICOH Theta Developer Contest (front row, third from the right).  – copyright by ascii

 

„holobuilder received the Grand Prize for its implementation using open components, the degree of perfection and practicality as well“ said jury member Ken Sakamura, Professor of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo.

The guiding theme of the whole competition was „innovation“ and the prizes were awarded on the basis of the evaluation criteria of creativity (originality), future outlook (potential, extensibility) and benefit (practicality). „holobuilder adds stamps and comments to RICOH THETA photos. Such a function is common for 2D photos. But the vision of incorporating the function for spherical image handling, moreover the feeling of affixing stereoscopic stamp in space is innovative. I feel the potential in this direction” as Sakamura stated further.

Holobuilder convinced the jury with its ease of use and originality. After importing the 360° photosphere taken with the RICOH Theta 360° panorama camera into holobuilder, the possibility of looking into any direction in the image gives the impression of actually being located directly within the recorded scene. Through further augmentation with various 3D models, texts and symbols, new and innovative ways for impressive experiences in virtual reality open up. From a journey of the most beautiful places of the last private vacation to a professional guided tour through the future apartment, both experiences broaden with exciting virtual 3D models of the desired furniture – creativity is boundless. The resulting „holos“ can be viewed on any mobile device such as tablet or smartphone, android or iOS. For the even more immersive fun, holobuilder can change into a special mode for Virtual Reality headsets like Google Cardboard. Built-in functions for sharing on social networks or integration into an own website round the offer.

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bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari accepting the Grand Prize from RICOH CEO Shiro Kondo. – copyright foto by ascii

For this concept holobuilder was awarded the „Grand Prize“ and in a celebratory ceremony at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo) RICOH CEO Shiro Kondo himself handed over the prize to bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari. He was rewarded with a cash prize of 1,000,000 yen (about 7,500 euros) and an additional trophy.

Discussion at the CeBIT 2015 about Smart Glasses and Wearables in general.

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari discussing the future of Wearables for Industry 4.0 at the CeBIT 2015

CeBIT 2015 Hannover, 18 March, 11:40 AM – 01:00 PM

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari participated  at a discussion round table at the CeBIT 2015 with Thorben Fasching (hmmh multimediahaus AG), Christoph Sauer (nuveon GmbH), Prof. Dr. Carl B. Welker (Director, IIW Institut für Informationswirtschaft) and Prof. Hendrik Speck (Professor of Digital Media at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern/ Department of Computer Sciences/ Interactive Media and head of the Information Architecture/ Search Engine Laboratory). Focus of the discussion was the actual potential wearables bear for the future and who really benefits from their use. Therefore, the benefits of wearables such as Google Glass turning us into „super humans“ as well as the dark side of this featuristic developement considering privacy issues and the social isolation of the users were conversed. Both the usage in our daily private life and the benefits in our professional life were topics of the discussion. In this context Industry 4.0 as well as the reaction of employees to the new technologies were important questions to be examined.

Check out the different opinions and perspectives on wearables and their application. Follow the whole talk in german here:

bitstars CEO speaks at CeBIT 2015

bitstars CEO speaks at the CeBIT 2015 about digital transformation

CeBIT 2015 Hannover, 16 – 20 March

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari speaks at the CeBIT 2015 for the event series ‚Digitization from A-Z‚. Besides other speakers Mostafa will talk about the role of Google Glass as well as Wearables and the possibility of them soon being applicated everywhere in context of the digital transformation. The presentation will be hold in german under the topic „Google Glass und Wearables – bald überall im ständigen Einsatz?“ („Google Glass and Wearables – soon permanently implemented everywhere always“).

The talk will take place on 18 March between 11:40 AM – 01:00 PM at the CeBIT 2015 in Hall 5, Stand D04.

 

HoloBuilder alpha editor

HoloBuilder alpha Out Now!

bitstars released the HoloBuilder today!

AACHEN, February 16th, 2015

The HoloBuilder is a webeditor to create AR and VR experiences for the smartphone and tablet as well as devices such as Google Glasses, Oculus Rift or the new HoloLense. Go ahead and build your own AR and VR application by enriching 2D, 3D, or 360° VR marker through a broad variety of objects and animations.

The first version HoloBuilder alpha is available to try out the new experience. Just go to www.holobuilder.com and check it out yourself.

 

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Smart Glasses view from stage at the Cross Border Innovation Conference 2015

High-Tech Partnering Conference 2015

bitstars innovation meets big partners at the High-Tech Partnering Conference

6th High-Tech Partnering Conference in Bonn, Feb. 4th, 2015

On Wednesday, bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari and CTO Simon Heinen attended the High-Tech Partnering Conference in Bonn presenting the start-up and connecting with major corporations at the 1-to-1 meetings such as Samsung Gear and Sony.

 

Mostafa Akbari at the Cross Border Innovation Conference 2015

bitstars‘ CEO, Mostafa Akbari, at the High-Tech Partnering Conference 2015 (Photo: © High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH)

The High-Tech Partnering Conference is hosted by the High-Tech Gruenderfonds (HTGF) to initiate exchange between innovative high-tech start-ups and major corporations. The conference was held under the motto „Corss Border Innovation“. To intensify a direct exchange and to lay the foundations for successful co-operations the HTGF, for the first time, organized 1-to-1 meetings between the big and the small. In total 12 pitches where held by the few chosen high-tech companies to present their business concept.

bitstars joined the expert rounds discussing the current topics in ‘SaaS vs. on-promise’ and ‘AR & VR in industrial environments’ with specialists and representatives from industry and commerce, presenting and promoting bitstars‘ innovative products.

All in all, the High-Tech Partnering Conference was a successful and enriching event for bitstars, expanding the list of contacts as well as giving new insights into the imaginative ideas of other start-ups.

 

 

For more informations about the High-Tech Partnering Conference 2015 go to the HTGF website.

bitstars team summer 2014

bitstars receives High-Tech Gruenderfonds investment

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bitstars GmbH has developed a SaaS platform technology that enables customers to set up their own augmented reality (AR) applications. By focussing on very intuitive usability the platform enables users to create applications meeting their specific requirements with little effort. These applications can be managed and used in multiple end user devices, such as smartphones, tablets and smart glasses.

Through the extension of reality with virtual text and objects (augmented reality) or the creation of entirely new virtual worlds (virtual reality), many processes can be simplified in business and everyday life. Moreover, the market penetration of smartphones and tablets as well as the upcoming smart glasses and wearables drastically increases the potential of such applications.

Through their platform, bitstars offers a user friendly tool to create 3D content for web, virtual and augmented reality applications. Generated 3D content can easily be included in websites or in augmented & virtual reality apps for i.e. for Google Glass, on the smartphone or in Google Cardboard. Up until now this was only possible through costly custom-made software.

Simon Heinen and Mostafa Akbari, CTO and CEO of bitstars on the benefits of the new platform: „Entry barriers to create 3D web, augmented or virtual reality content through software are currently very high. Systems are too complex and mostly only suited to create one of the usage types mentioned above. Users therefore have to use multiple tools if they want to create a variety of different contents. Through our software they now have the opportunity to access an easy to use full-service package to create 3D web, as well as augmented and virtual reality applications in one tool by themselves”.

The customer spectrum for bitstars software is very broad. Firms in e-commerce as well as production, logistics, navigation and all different kinds of service provider can benefit from this technology. Broad applicability combined with high customer interest underline the potential of this technology, which therefore provides large opportunities to generate growth.

Dr. Guillem Sague, Investment Manager at HTGF, believes in the growth strategy of the bitstars team: „We want to free customers from technological complexity of AR technology and scale the business quickly. The high usability of the platform thereby plays a vital role. The customer must be able to easily create and use AR applications with just a few steps.”

For further information about the organization see the High-Tech Gruenderfonds homepage.

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.

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Klenkes Neo Article „Augmented Reality – Aachen start up bitstars closes gap between human and machine“

bitstars closes gap between human and machine

AACHEN, September 11th, 2014

bistars gladly welcomed Christoph Krücken from the Klenkes Neo e-magazine for an interview with bitstars-founder and CEO Mostafa Akbari. They talked about bitstars’ aim to close the gap between humans and machines through augmented reality technology, giving insight about the development of the Internet of Things and the so called fourth industrial revolution: industry 4.0.

Read the full article “Erweiterte Realität – Das Aachener Startup bitstars schließt die Lücke zwischen Mensch und Maschine” in german on page 18 to 19 of the Klenkes NEO e-magazine.