INFORMATIK 2015: Enabling Industry 4.0 with HoloBuilder

On Tuesday, Maximilian Speicher of bitstars presented the very first research paper about HoloBuilder.com—named „Enabling Industry 4.0 with HoloBuilder“—at the 2015 INFORMATIK conference. The name of the session during which it was presented was „Industry 4.0: Computer Science Forms New Production Systems“. The session was hosted by Prof. Dr. Rolf Kraemer of IHP and featured a selection of renowned experts for Industry 4.0—including Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Liggesmeyer of TU Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jasperneite of OWL University and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Wollert of Aachen University of Applied Sciences, among others. The presenters set a particular focus on topics such as Internet of Things, Smart Factories, wireless communication and OPC UA, with which our presentation about HoloBuilder and Augmented Reality fitted in seamlessly. The feedback we received was consistently positive.

Our research paper describes the design decisions behind HoloBuilder as a tool for end-user creation and consumption of arbitrary Augmented Reality content in the context of Industry 4.0. In this respect, the phrase „end users“ particularly refers to mechancis, engineers and maintenance staff working in a Smart Factory. The design decisions are evaluated against six design principles for Industry 4.0, of which all are fulfilled by our platform. Moreover, the Industry 4.0 capabilities of HoloBuilder are demonstrated in two case studies: an interactive Augmented Reality instruction manual and real-time communication through OPC UA. Yet, it has to be noted that HoloBuilder is a general platform also intended for average users and the creation of arbitrary Virtual Reality, 360° and 3D content. Our research paper is available via ResearchGate.

INFORMATIK is the biggest IT conference in Germany. It is held annualy by the German Informatics Society (GI). The next edition will be held in Klagenfurt (Austria) in 2016.

Mostafa Akbari with Armin Laschet, Cem Özdemir and Brigitte Zypries

High-level meeting: bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari meets top political decision-makers from Germany

Over the last few weeks some of Germany’s most renowned politicians came to California to get together with the great minds send out from Germany. Mostafa Akbari, CEO of bitstars, who is currently situated in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto/San Francisco, California, USA) to establish a market with the US and Asia, met with them personally to discuss the technology of tomorrow. No matter whether it is the CDU, SPD or Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party, all came to talk about differences in the start-up culture in Germany and the US, the relevance of Industry 4.0 as well as the open-mindedness of the Silicon Valley and Japan towards start-ups.

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari met with Armin Laschet (CDU), currently serving as state MP in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia as head of his party’s parliamentary group. They discoursed about the major differences of the support for founders in Germany and the US, what Germany can learn from the American founders’ mentality and how the founders’ climate could be improved altogether. Read more about this visit online (German press).

Mostafa Akbari meeting Armin Laschet (CDU).

Furthermore, Mostafa came together with Brigitte Zypries (SPD), current Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy coordinating Germany’s IT, aviation and space policies, to debate about the potential and future of Industry 4.0. Main topics were Googles new project Jaguar, introducing smart textile designs in cooperation with the textile industry, as well as the role of other Silicon Valley pioneers and their impact on mid-tier companies. In the context of Industry 4.0 the importance of German founders was further elaborated.

Mostafa and Brigitte Zypries (SPD) at the German Accelerator.

Last but not least, Mostafa met with Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the political party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. They discussed the actual technological, economic-political state in the US and Japan. The focus of the conversation was set on the positive attitude of the Silicon Valley as well as the open minded mentality of Japanese companies towards startups around the world.

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari meets with politician Cem Özdemir (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen).

Those meetings underline the commitment and involvement of German politicians to support German technology as well as ambitioned entrepreneurs abroad.

Panel Talk with bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari at AWE 2015

bitstars enters the world stage: Augmented World Expo 2015

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) is home to over 200 companies with backgrounds in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), wearable technology as well as the ‚Internet of Things‘ (IoT), with bitstars being a part of it in 2015:
CEO Mostafa Akbari and CTO Simon Heinen were among thousands of tech-professionals participating in over 20 workshops, 200 interactive demos and 100 first-class talks from industry leaders and pioneers.

The slogan of the whole event was „Share the superpowers of AR, VR, Wearable Tech and IoT with the World!“ and this is exactly what bitstars did, by giving three interesting talks about the future of AR for enterprises:

  • Simon Heinen elaborated on the topic of the IoT and AR in a talk about ‘The perfect match: Augmented Reality + M2M Communication’.
  • Mostafa Akbari, who has a lot of real-world implementation experience, met consumers and providers alike to discuss the practicalities of ‘How to Expand AR Adoption in Enterprises’ in a moderated panel. The whole discussion is available on YouTube.
  • A spontaneous talk about safety precaution in working environments as well as the potential and advantages of new AR goggles completed the event for us.

In detail the bitstars performance schedule looked like following:

  • Internet Of Things and AR, June 8, 3:15pm – 4:00pm, Room 212
    Simon Heinen (bitstars) – The perfect match: Augmented Reality + M2M Communication; Tom Wesselman (Plantronics) – The IoT: Possibilities, Challenges, and Real World Questions; Brock Kolls (CN2) – Data and Analytics in AR/VR
  • How to expand AR adoption, June 8, 5:00pm – 5:45pm, Theater
    Panel moderated by Alex Hill (CN2) with Juergen Lumeira (Bosch), Paul Davies (Boeing), Fridolin Wild (DDR), Mostafa Akbari (Founder & CEO, bitstars), Joe Metzger (Johnson and Johnson).
    A discussion forum on augmented reality advocating the alliance of enterprises. Main issue is the promotion of the expansion of enterprise AR and the adaption to open and interoperable standards.
  • Spontaneous talk on the topic of Safety and risk factors in Augmented Reality for Enterprises, June 8
    Mostafa Akbari (bitstars) – Device, Human & Environment safety and risk factors

For an exclusive insight take a virtual tour through the expo area or (because networking is important too) join right here at the AWE after party:

To summarize, it was a great event that provided an interesting impression of the current state of the AR and VR business, combined with great opportunities to meet amazing industry experts and a perfect mix of various events and activities. bitstars is looking forward to next year, for which the registration is already open!

bitstars meets Gartner for Industry 4.0 Round-Table

The past Thursday, bitstars VP of Customer & Data Analytics & Optimization Maximilian Speicher participated in a round-table discussion about Industry 4.0, organized and hosted by Garnter in Frankfurt. As a tech provider in Industry 4.0, for us the event was particularly interesting and helpful for staying up to date regarding the current AR & VR ecosystem and potential cooperation partners.

Equipped with a Ricoh THETA 360° camera and his smartphone, Max demonstrated the capabilities of augmented and virtual reality that can be leveraged using our cutting-edge web-platform holobuilder. Also, he engaged in fruitful discussions about interactive AR instruction manuals and OPC UA, which are two core use cases of our platform. Especially Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Research VP at Gartner, enjoyed playing around with the spherical camera a bit, as you can see in the #360selfie below.

Create amazing AR and VR content in HoloBuilder.com

Abandoned Metaio users find a new home: holobuilder.com

Since Apple has acquired Metaio everything you can get from their website is product support via E-Mail or Helpdesk. This might seem to be annoying, but it also offers the great opportunity to make new experiences, probably with even better results in the same domain:

Our free, web-based tool holobuilder.com can become your new home for creative Virtual and Augmented Reality content creations.

HoloBuilder lets you create great 3D content for AR and VR for free.

The holobuilder Editor runs directly in your browser, enabling you to create great 3D content for AR and VR for free.

All you need is a web browser, no download, no installation, no struggles with system incompatibilities:

  • holobuilder lets you create great 3D content for AR and VR for free (as seen in our video)!
  • It is a simple and powerful platform that lets you create 360° presentations from photospheres as well.
  • Build your own virtual reality by interlinking your spheres and adding fantastic 3D models.
  • Share your projects with the World or embed them right into your website.
  • With support for stereoscopic 3D you are enabled to dive deep directly into the new world of VR:
    With the Google Cardboard viewer, the Player App from Google Play or directly from holobuilder.
    It is the simplest way to build your own VR experience.

And just in case you want more or something different, don’t worry:
As a start-up company at bitstars we are flexible enough to realize almost any special requirements, just drop us an E-Mail!

But also with the default version of holobuilder.com you get access to amazing benefits:

  1. Totally free!
    There’s no catch.
  2. Boundless
    Create a virtual reality using your own photospheres and 3D models.
  3. To go
    Use your projects everywhere with HoloPlayer.
  4. Ready to Launch
    Quick results with ready-to-use projects and 3D models.

So stop wasting valuable time being bothered by Apple’s latest buy of Metaio and start creating using holobuilder.com.

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.

 

HoloBuilder aplha release banner

 

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.

Junge IKT-Wirtschaft: Bundesminister Dr. Rösler besucht bitstars

BERLIN, Junge IKT-Wirtschaft

Das Technologie-Startup bitstars konnte Dr. Philipp Rösler, Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie für den Besuch Ihres Standes auf der Messe Junge IKT-Wirtschaft gewinnen. Das Thema Industrie 4.0 war hier ausschlaggebend für den Besuch. Dr. Philipp Rösler ließ sich die Ideen der Jungunternehmer erklären und diskutierte mit ihnen über Kooperationsmöglichkeiten mit etablierten Industriepartnern.

Junge IKT-Wirtschaft: Bundesminister Dr. Rösler besucht bitstars

Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie Dr. Philipp Rösler besucht bitstars an ihrem Stand (Fotos: „© Junge-IKT Wirtschaft / Fotograf Hr. Borrs“)

Rösler unterstrich in seinem Grußwort vor rund 400 Gästen die große Bedeutung der modernen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien. “Junge IKT-Unternehmen schaffen durch Innovationen attraktive Arbeitsplätze und nachhaltiges Wachstum. Sie tragen maßgeblich zur wirtschaftlichen Dynamik und internationalen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit unseres Landes bei.” Er führte weiter aus wie wichtig Junge IKT-Startups mit ihren Ideen und Produkten für die etablierte deutsche Industrie sind, um diese auch zukünftig zu stärken.

Das Team vom bitstars arbeitet an Mobile High-Tech Produkten für die produzierende Industrie. Aktuell konzentrieren sich bitstars und Partner mit ihren Produkten und Services darauf, die Textilmaschinen und Produktion Industrie 4.0 Ready zu gestalten. “Wir wollen mit unserer Technologie die Lücke zwischen Information und Wahrnehmung zwischen Mensch und Maschine schließen”, so Mostafa Akbari einer der drei Gründer von bitstars. Mit der von bitstars entwickelten Lösung können beispielsweise Mitarbeiter eines Unternehmens gezielt bei Wartungsarbeiten an Maschinen unterstützt oder durch Ambiente-Anleitungen die Produktion in Hochlohnländern gesteigert werden. “Wir freuen uns über das positive Feedback von Minister Rösler und die Bestätigung unseres Beitrags zu Industrie 4.0”