Augmented Reality in 2013

With smartphones and tablets becoming part of our everyday life, we will also see more Augmented Reality apps mixing the virtual and the real world in 2013. Here are some examples from ARworks that recently caught my eye…

Audi Singapore Showroom app

For the opening of their biggest showroom in South-East Asia, Audi created AR experiences that allowed visitors to fly around the showroom building without actually boarding a plane or drive the Audi R18 race car around Singapore at full speed without the risk of getting a ticket. Whats more, they even allowed visitors to personalize their individual license plates and then take photos with the car.

Dakar race in a shopping mall

A real Dakar desert racecourse was built for the new Opel Mokka on a 4mtrs long table that was placed in a shopping mall. Visitors could use the provided iPad’s to race against time and each other. The results were then shared on Facebook and the weekly and overall winners received various prizes.

Christmas Ornament Sling

Deutsche Telekom for their Christmas promotion developed an iPad app where visitors could throw virtual Christmas ornaments containing their personal message onto a huge Christmas tree erected in a mall. A successful hit to one of the real ornaments on the tree, lighted it up through an integrated server application.

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Christmas Spirit Tree

Canadian Tire a retail store in Canada wanted to re-energize the Christmas spirit in the hearts and minds of their consumers, and maintain its position as Canada’s leading Christmas Store.

So to help light up the holiday season and spread Christmas cheer, Canadian Tire and Tribal DDB Toronto launched a first of its kind, 30-foot tall Christmas Tree, wrapped with 3,000 individually programmed LED lights that were powered by the nation’s collective online Christmas spirit.

Social media monitoring tools were used to scour blogs, forums, social networks, and news sites for posts and messages containing a variety of Christmas keywords, and then proprietary lighting software was used to visualize this data as lights on the tree… 😎

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