HoloBuilder at Pioneer Summit 2015

Pioneer Summit 2015: bitstars is presenting HoloBuilder in good company of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators

In the good company of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators, bitstars is a presenting company at the Pioneer Summit 2015. From Wednesday, October 7 to Friday, October 9, 2015, HoloBuilder is shown at the annual meeting of leading entrepreneurs from venture-backed startups, investors and innovation executives from technology companies.

To „Build Tomorrow Today“ (the gathering’s slogan) they come together in the centre of Silicon Valley at GSVlabs, a campus and community network, aiming to use their resources to accelerate innovative companies in the areas of „EdTech, Sustainability, Big Data, and Mobility“. GSV is short for „Global Silicon Valley„, a collective of businesses focused on media, strategic services and investments that are hosting the event. In general, they want to find what they call „the Stars of Tomorrow“, the most dynamic growth companies in the world, to invest in and partner up with them.

Amid those visionary people and highly innovative companies that are shaping the future of the Silicon Valley as well as of the whole industry, it seems to be the perfect place for bitstars to present HoloBuilder. As a one-of-a-kind web app for easily creating and consuming 360-degree images as well as augmented and virtual reality content, it provides cutting-edge technology to everybody. Being based on WebGL, it requires only a browser, thus creating and experiencing 3D content becomes possible on almost any (mobile) device. HoloBuilder enables many new possibilities and opportunities for professionals from diverse areas as well as all new options for private persons to create and share amazing content quite easily.

This combination of the latest, innovative technology with ease of use contains great potential for high acceptance and thus dynamic growth as well. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see which possibilities, chances, and opportunities will arise from this meeting with other leading innovators and top companies of the Silicon Valley.

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!

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.

Starting journey to Silicon Valley from Frankfurt

Silicon Valley – unser Abenteuer beginnt!

kurzer Reisebericht: Silicon Valley – unser Abenteuer beginnt!

Der Weg von Aachen nach Palo Alto (Silicon Valley) ist lang und abwechslungsreich. Ein paar Eindrücke wollen wir euch in diesem Blogartikel zusammen stellen.

Bereits in der Früh um 07:15 Uhr startete Mostafa Akbari für bitstars mit dem Taxi bei kalten 2°C (35,6°F) zum Aachener Hauptbahnhof. Von dort aus ging es mit dem Zug, wie viele weitere Pendler nach Frankfurt/Flughafen.

Mit einer Verspätung von 90 min ging es von Frankfurt/Flughafen weiter mit dem Flugzeug nach San Francisco (Ankunft-Ortszeit: 5:30 PM). Silicon Valley rückt damit um ein ganzes Stück näher! Spätestens jetzt wurde das Abenteuer „Silicon Valley“ real! Der Flug allein wird jedoch noch etwa 11 h Stunden ohne Unterbrechung andauern.

Nachdem Mostafa den Flughafen in San Francisco endlich nach einiger Wartezeit verlassen konnte, wurde auch hier wieder der Weg von San Francisco nach Palo Alto wieder auf Schienen zurückgelegt. Nach knapp 24 h Reisezeit erreicht Mostafa sein Ziel. Vor Ort wird Mostafa von warmen 16°C (60,8°F) Sonnenstrahlen und einem blauen Himmel begrüßt. Das Silicon Valley erstrahlt im schönsten Gewand! So lassen sich nach der langen Reisezeit die letzten Meter auch noch zu Fuß zurücklegen.

Müde, aber ohne große Probleme wird Mostafa Akbari von seinem Gastgeber empfangen. Im Holobuilder von bitstars haben wir für euch ein paar Eindrücke festgehalten.

     

Um die lange Wartezeit zu überbrücken und sich auf den Ort einzustimmen, empfiehlt der Gründer von bitstars Interessierten das Hörspiel „Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal auf uns zukommt“ von Christoph Keese (Twitteraccount). Eine kleine Leseprobe stellt Keese auf seiner Website zur Verfügung. Der Journalist und Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Christoph Keese arbeitete 2013 ein halbes Jahr lang im Silicon Valley. Dort traf er Erfinder, Gründer, Wagniskapitalgeber und Professoren in Stanford und Berkeley – auf der Suche nach Erfolgsmustern und Treibern der boomenden Internetwirtschaft.

Holoplayer: Silicon Valley – unser Abenteuer beginnt!

Im Holoplayer könnt ihr Mostafa auf einem Teil seines Weges begleiten. Das Laden der Einbindung kann auf verschiedenen Browsern etwas dauern (optimiert für Google Chrome). Navigiert über die Pfeile.

Mostafa Akbari travel gadgets

From AR to VR – which gadgets will come along with bitstars to the Silicon Valley?

The journey to Silicon Valley

The preparations for bitstars‘ journey across the atlantic ocean and into the Silicon Valley are continuing. Which gadgets and utilities will Mostafa Akbari bring along his way?

We used our Holobuilder to create a fun way for you to find out about Mostafas baggage. You can find a complete list of all the gadgets at the bottom of this page.

(Please be patient as the embedded Holoplayer may take some seconds to finish loading (optimized for Google Chrome)).

Mostafa Akbari travel gadgets

Mostafa Akbari travel gadgets

From the white packaging of the Ricoh Theta m15 camera at the bottom right in counter-clockwise-order:

  1. Ricoh Theta m15 camera (in front of the laptop in blue): a 360° camera which makes it easy to take photo spheres on the go
  2. Bang & Olufsen headphones: useful to stay focused while working in the open-plan offices of Palo Alto and San Francisco
  3. Kindle Fire: for personal media consumption (music, books etc.) during the long commuting between San Francisco and Palo Alto
  4. Teufel in-ear-headphones: headphones for the daily mobile needs
  5. Several US specific adapters and
  6. Several USB cables
  7. Cardboard: for 360° and 3D applications using the Holoplayer (enable the cardboard-mode with the second (cardboard-) button from the right)
Holoplayer Menu

Holoplayer Menu

  1. External harddrive and cables
  2. Smartphone OnePlus One: smartphone which can be used with Cardboard and one of our standard devices for internal use at bitstars
  3. Jawbone UP24: next to the Moto 360 smart-watch – a pedometer and fitness-tracker
  4. Several SIM-Cards for US-specific usage
  5. Sennheiser headphones: extremely useful for noise-reduction
  6. Private smartphone
  7. Multiple rechargeable batteries
  8. flexible mini-stand to take stable photos
  9. Adapters for mini-DP to HDMI/VGA/DVI
  10. PIN Generator for secure mobile payment
  11. Inductive-recharger for smartwatches
  12. Google Glass
  13. Surface Pro
Mostafa Akbari travel gadgets

Nicht nur AR und VR Technologien begleiten bitstars ins Silicon Valley!

Die Vorbereitungen für die Reise von bitstars ins Silicon Valley gehen weiter. Welche Technik nimmt Mostafa Akbari auf diesem Weg mit?

Im Holoplayer sind einige der Gadgets zu entdecken und verlinkt. Das Laden der Einbindung kann auf verschiedenen Browsern etwas dauern (optimiert für Google Chrome).

Unter  dem Holoplayer findet ihr noch einmal eine Aufzählung der Gadgets.

 

Mostafa Akbari travel gadgets

Mostafa Akbari travel gadgets

Ab der Verpackung der Ricoh Theta m15 Kamera der Aufnahme nach rechts gegen den Uhrzeigersinn folgend:

  1. Ricoh Theta m15 Kamera (als Gerät vor dem Rechner stehend): handelt es sich um eine 360° Kamera mit der einige Fotos aufgenommen werden sollen
  2. Bang & Olufsen Kopfhörer: für die Arbeit in den Großraumbüros von Palo Alto und San Francisco, um sich auf die eigene Arbeit konzentrieren zu können
  3. Kindle Fire: für den individuellen Medienkonsum (Musik, Lesen, etc.) auf den langen Pendelstrecken zwischen San Francisco und Palo Alto, bzw. im Flieger
  4. Teufel In-Ear Kopfhörer für den täglichen mobilen Bedarf
  5. mehrere Adapter für die USA
  6. mehrere USB-Kabel
  7. Cardboard: für 360° und 3D Anwendungen über den Holoplayer. Auf der Menuleiste rechts findet ihr das entsprechende Symbol.
Holoplayer Menu

Holoplayer Menu

  1. Kabel für die externe Festplatte
  2. externe Festplatte
  3. Smartphone OnePlus One: ein Smartphone, welches in das Cardboard eingesetzt werden kann und bei bitstars ein Standardgerät ist
  4. Jawbone UP24: neben der Smartwatch Moto 360): als Schrittzähler und Fitness Tracker
  5. mehrere SIM-Karten für die USA
  6. Kopfhörer von Sennheiser: für lange Fahrten/Flüge und zur Geräuscheabschirmung
  7. privates Smartphone
  8. mehrere Akkupacks
  9. flexibles Mini-Stativ für stabile Fotos
  10. Adapter (mini DP auf HDMI/ VGA/ DVI)
  11. PIN Generator der Sparkasse
  12. Induktionsladegerät für die Smartwatch
  13. Google Glass
  14. Surface Pro