ACCUTECH: A SUBSIDIARY OF STARK INDUSTRIES UNVEILS PROTOTYPE ‘HAZTECH’ ARM – FULL EXOSKELETON TO DEBUT AT STARK EXPO 2010 -
AccuTech: a subsidiary of Stark Industries has today given us a glimpse of the latest breakthrough in anthropo-robotics – the ‘HazTech Exoskeleton’.
Using revolutionary hyper-sensors and nano-hydraulic technology, the exoskeleton is able to detect and amplify body movement. Covering over 80% of the human body, it also protects its wearer from high impact and extreme temperatures.
Charles Healey, CEO commented: “Putting aside the obvious commercial applications of HazTech, our priority is to unlock its humanitarian potential. By better protecting the lives of peacekeepers and emergency rescue teams, we can help them save the lives of others.”
Cordco demonstrated their most recent development: the Sonic Fire Extinguisher.
Fujikawa revealed their wearable augmented reality technology: Stark HUD 2020.
w00t! WE ARE AUTOBOTS, the augmented reality project I worked on with Picture Production Company for the TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN campaign, won “Best Web Based Augmented Reality” in Augmented Planet Readers Choice Awards 2009.
From Augmented Planet:
Readers Choice Awards 2009
Announcing the 2009 Winners!
The first annual Augmented Planet Readers Choice awards are over and congratulations to all of the nominees and the winners. We asked you, the reader, to vote for your favourite example of augmented reality in 2009.
Best web based augmented reality demo
- Winner – Total Immersion (www.t-immersion.com) / PPC (www.theppc.com) and the “We Are AutoBots” demo created for the Transformers movie (www.weareautobots.com)
- Runner up – James Alliban and his Augmented Reality Business Card (blog.skive.co.uk/index.php/2009/07/20/ironic-business-card-becomes-accidental-viral)
See the full list of award winners and runners up for all the other categories here.
Thanks to Augmented Planet for holding these awards and to all their readers that voted for our project. Congratulation to Dan Light and the talented team at PPC for winning this special recognition for their hard work and innovation.
Announcing WE ARE AUTOBOTS – Transformers Augmented Reality.
From the official press release:
To promote the international release of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, Paramount Pictures International (PPI) is making ground-breaking use of augmented reality (AR) and face tracking technology to give Transformers fans the opportunity to picture themselves with the original 3D CGI head of legendary Autobot leader Optimus Prime.
Visitors to ‘We Are Autobots’ (http://www.weareautobots.com) can also find a hidden message from Bumblebee featuring an exclusive montage of Decepticon footage from the new movie. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is released in the UK and Ireland on June 19th and internationally on June 24th 2009.
‘We Are Autobots’ has been developed using the original 3D models of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee that appear in the film. It was developed for PPI by creative marketing agency Picture Production Company (PPC), working in conjunction with augmented reality specialists Total Immersion.
- /Film: “Paramount Launches Augmented Reality Website To Promote Transformers 2″
- Gizmodo: “You Too Can Wear the Head of Optimus Prime (in Augmented Reality, Of Course)”
- TheTransformers.net: “We Are Autobots.com launched to promote Transformers 2″
- FirstShowing.net: “Check This Out: Transformers 2 Augmented Reality Promo”
- Creativity Online: “Augmented Reality in Mobile and Gaming”
- Creativity Online: “Transformers: We Are Autobots”
- New Media Age: “Paramount runs major marketing campaign across digital platforms for Transformers”
- CNET Asia: “Augment your reality and be a Transformer”
- Idea IS the format: “Autobots? We are, for now at least”
- I Watch Stuff: “Finally, You Can Have Optimus Prime’s Head on Your Body”
- JasonTheodor.com : “Get Primed: Transform Yourself Into Optimus”
- Digital Buzz Blog: “Transformers Launches Augmented Reality App”
- Games Alfresco: “Transform to Optimus Prime”
- Toxel.com: “Transformers Augmented Reality”
From the official press release:
To promote the international release of STAR TREK on May 8th, Paramount Pictures International (PPI) is today launching ‘Experience The Enterprise’; a groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) application placing a 3D interactive version of the Starship Enterprise in the palm of your hand.
Visitors to http://www.experience-the-enterprise.com will be given the opportunity to take an extensive five minute tour of the Enterprise, including testing the ship’s weapons systems, impulse engines and warp drive.
‘Experience The Enterprise’ is built using augmented reality (AR) technology, which combines real world and computer-generated data to bring a 3D interactive version of the Starship Enterprise to life, on your desktop or in your hand.
Anybody with a webcam can take a tour of the Enterprise using the kind of futuristic technology that sits at the heart of perhaps the most popular science-fiction franchise of all time.
This is the first time AR has been used to bring a major film release to life in this way. The application itself was constructed using the original 3D model of the Enterprise appearing in the film, as well as featuring an array of special effects direct from the production. It was developed for PPI by creative marketing agency Picture Production Company (PPC), working in conjunction with augmented reality specialists Total Immersion.
From Dan Light, Head of PPC Interactive:
We’ve been looking at augmented reality for a while, thinking we could do something cool with it.
So we made this:
You can take the ride at www.experience-the-enterprise.com. If The New Frontiersman was the most creatively ambitious project we’ve yet attempted, this was the most technically outrageous. 2009 is turning into quite a year.
Major kudos to Annie Ok for calling the augmented reality thing a good few months back. She’s turning out to be the kind of muse/guru no creative marketing agency should be without.
Likewise to the guys at PPC who put this together. Our first instincts on how to use this technology seem to have been the right ones, and we’re pretty excited about trying some new stuff with our next AR gig, which happens to be just around the corner.
Sincere appreciation to Dan for his kind words and the crew at PPC for producing yet another kickass project.
- Gizmodo: “Augmented Reality App Puts a 3D Starship Enterprise In The Palm Of Your Hand”
- /Film: “Must See: Augment Reality With New Star Trek Website”
- TrekMovie.com: “New Star Trek Site: Experience The Enterprise”
- Singularity Hub: “Where No Augmented Reality Has Gone Before!”
- Total Immersion: “The Future Begins with Paramount’s Augmented Reality Star Trek Experience”
- ABC News: “Use a webcam to project 3D images”
- GeekTyrant: “Take a Tour of the U.S.S. Enterprise using STAR TREK Augmented Reality”
- Kzero: “Augmented Reality video round-up”
- AugmentedPlanet: “Augmented Reality Star Trek Demos”
- VizWorld: “Star Trek Enterprise in Augmented Reality”
- Geek.com: “Tour the new Star Trek Enterprise with augmented reality”
- Not Just Reality: “Experience The (Augmented) Enterprise”
- JasonTheodor.com: “Engaged. Kids Love Augmented Reality.”