JobWalk App

Introducing HoloBuilder’s new JobWalk App!

Easily create your own virtual 360 tours with JobWalk and your Theta S! HoloBuilder is releasing its new JobWalk App in the App Store and the Google Play Store.JobWalkApp

 

HoloBuilder’s JobWalk App allows you to capture 360° photos and locate them on a floor plan by connecting your Ricoh Theta S 360° camera through WIFI.

JobWalk App

All you have to do is upload a floor plan, and then tap on the places on the floor plan that you want your 360° photos to be linked to. When you’re done taking all of your pictures, an automatically generated tour will be uploaded to the cloud! Your finished tour is ready to be accessed from anywhere.

Place your 360° camera

QUESTIONS?

If you want to know more about the 360° Job Walk App, or have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at support@holobuilder.com or visit our product site www.holobuilder.com and initiate a live chat – we are there for you! As always, we have prepared a detailed tutorial about this App, available on our blog.

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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:

View of the German Accelerator #throughglass from the perspective of the pitching Mostafa Akbari

German Accelerator, Pioneers Festival, IdeaLab and more contests chose bitstars

bitstars on the rise to European start-up scene

bitstars GmbH is a software-engineering company located in the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sphere. This autumn, the company is on a conference-spree to convince investors of their innovative idea and business concept. Therefore, bitstars had to assert itself against strict application requirements and strong competitors. But the efforts bear fruits already, bitstars was nominated for four tech-conferences: “German Accelerator”, “IdeaLab! – WHU founders‘ conference”, “Pioneers Festival” and the “European Venture Contest NRW” conference in Cologne. By now, the Aachen start-up has already achieved remarkable results.

 

GERMAN ACCELERATOR

GERMAN ACCELERATOR bitstars view through Google Glass #throughglass

Step by step towards success – on 9th October 2014 the winners of the “German Accelerator” were announced. The “German Accelerator” is a three-month program that supports German ICT and Green-IT start-ups to enter the US market by providing personal mentoring and office space in Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco. bitstars was chosen as one of the most promising German start-ups and will soon be taking part in workshops and seminars in Silicon Valley.

Excited and proud of the support from the “German Accelerator” there is no rest for the bitstars-team. The next big challenge “IdeaLab” is to be faced on 10th and 11th October 2014 in Vallendar, Germany. “IdeaLab” is Europe’s biggest student-led start-up conference. As if that were not enough, bitstars was selected as one of nine start-ups out of 100 applications from various countries to pitch at the event. Mostafa Akbari, CEO and joint founder of bitstars, presented the unique entrepreneurial vision and got directly to the heart of the business concept. The positive response of the audience allows the bitstars-team to be optimistic about the results, especially because some investors showed increased interest in the series A planned 2015.

 

IdeaLab! at WHU with bitstars

IdeaLab! at WHU with bitstars. #throughglass

This proves to be a perfect opening to fuel growth and speed up development. But with the “Pioneers Festival” in Vienna (28th to 30th October 2014) and the “European Venture Contest NRW” in Cologne (30th October 2014), bitstars is on the cusp to open up a new dimension by finally tapping into the European start-up scene. These upcoming tech-conferences will give bitstars a great possibility to perform on an international stage and convince all judges of their pioneering vision and persuasive concept.

bitstars GmbH has developed a SaaS platform technology that enables customers to set up their own augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. By focusing 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.

 

Press contact:
Kristina Tenhaft, CCO
E-Mail: kristina@bitstars.com
Website: http://bitstars.com/

 

For further information about the tech-conferences, see homepages below:

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”

bitstars as coauthor at the „Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy“

bitstars wrote a chapter for the Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy. The Developer’s Guide is a free, non-commercial book that provides an overview on the different mobile technologies and platforms for developers and decision-makers.

More than 20 writers from the mobile community share their know-how, over more than 250 pages, in dealing with topics such as accessibility in mobile apps, LBS, mobile analytics, prototyping, cross-platform development, native development, mobile web and app marketing. This project was initiated in 2009 and we have since published a number of updated versions. As of today, we have distributed over 50,000 hardcopies. The 12th, and latest, edition was published in February 2013.

You can download it as a pdf (now also available in spanish and catalan), or get yourself a hardcopy at all the industry events where Enough Software and WIP are present. You can also download the ebook version on the kobo store or amazon.

Take a look at the enough software website for more information about the „Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy“.