bitstars achieved two great new partnerships – K³ and Virtuallity

bitstars and HoloBuilder.com made two new partners. They are now working together with the German agency and Virtuallity, located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Both partners make a great extension of bitstars and HoloBuilder.com for future business diversification.

, which is short for Kreative Kommunikationskonzepte GmbH, is an agency providing online representation for companies. To make use of the trending technology of augmented and virtual reality they are trying out new presentation possibilities to extend or even replace their current portfolio. Currently their usual methode is placing customer videos on the right platforms enriched with carefully chosen textual information. Offering a variety of new possibilities for online marketing in AR and VR, HoloBuilder makes a perfect match. Being able to experiment with all creative ideas on HoloBuilder.com creates a win-win situation – because for us at bitstars the feedback from K³ is of great value.

The second new partner, Virtuallity, is the first and biggest company in Greece specialized solely in augmented and virtual reality technologies. The team is so excited about the possibilities HoloBuilder.com is providing, that they presented bitstars’ web tool at the virtual reality and gaming fair Digital Universe (September 26th-27th) in Athens. We are really looking forward to working together with Virtuallity, helping us to open up a new door reaching out to the Greek market with plenty of new possibilities.

bitstars, HoloBuilder & Virtuallity at Digital Universe

Virtuallity and HoloBuilder @Digital Universe in Athens, Greece

All in all, both new partners will provide us with a higher market coverage and more popularity for all generated content on HoloBuilder.com. We are really excited to see what we can achieve together.

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.

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.

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.

bitstars part of macher und gestalter magazin

The new magazine for small and medium-sized businesses „macher und gestalter“ by the ZEIT publishing group focuses on the „big issues“ German small and medium-sized businesses are facing today. How to face the ongoing digitization? How to tackle the demographic change? How to manage questions of financing and succession? Besides a very interesting article about smart factories the magazine published a short interview with our CEO Mostafa Akbari.

Check out bitstars HoloBuilder platform here.

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
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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bitstars presents 3D detection with smartphone, tablet and more at the proceedings of ‚Application of digital models and methods in plant life cycles‘

MANNHEIM, Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 2:30pm – 3:00pm

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Virtual Reality Plant engineering.

bitstars founder and CEO Mostafa Akbari gave a brief presentation about Augmented and Virtual Reality at the conjoint convention of the 8. IAK Laser-scanning and VR in Plant Engineering and the 2. IAK Virtual Engineering in Process-, Machine- and Plant-techniques session. Through a demonstration Mostafa explains the 3D detection with mobile devices. In consequence of the widening circulation of Oculus Rift and Cardboard, Augmented and Virtual Reality gain popularity, which results in decreasing implementation costs. The bitstars solution makes the development of AR and VR content a lot easier and even enables the implementation of Augmented and Virtual Reality in SmartHome projects.

The event was organized by the German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association (VDMA) Baden-Würtemberg, the Administration Union for Supporting Mechanical and Plant Engineering Saxony-Anhalt (FASA) and the Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) Fellbach for the first time to gather conjoint interests and enforce the technical Exchange. The keynote of the event was the application of 3D-models in plant life cycles considering AR and VR solutions.

Besides the representatives of the three organizers, companies such as the BASF SE, SAP AG, kubit GmbH, Z&M 3D-Welt GmbH and RE’FLEKT GmbH participated in the event.

For more information go to the VDC Fellbach website.