AR, Tech News & Awesome Games

A tech & research blog from Costas Boletsis (PhD Research Fellow, Gjøvik University College, Norway)

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PTC to Acquire Augmented Reality Platform Vuforia from Qualcomm

vuforiaAfter Apple acquiring Metaio, another major development took place in the AR field: PTC acquired Qualcomm’s Vuforia.

According to the PTC press release:
PTC today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Vuforia business…

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Smartkuber: preliminary results

We ran a preliminary (informal) analysis of the first results coming from the – still on the two digits – gaming sessions of Smartkuber, just for the fun of it. Trying to examine the game’s validity as a cognitive screening tool, we found a promising, statistically significant linear correlation – so far – between the game scores and the MoCA cognitive screening test scores. We can also get a better insight on each mini-game’s performance. However, there is still a long road ahead of us, with the final results coming in around December. Things are looking good, fingers crossed…

PS. Seniornett Norway has been an extremely helpful collaborator, providing the study’s awesome participants and the meaningful feedback.

Project Tango

Google’s Project Tango seems like a very interesting and promising take on mobile 3D tracking and perception…

Smartkuber – the cognitive training video game with the cubes


The beta version of the cognitive training game I was developing as part of my PhD study is up and running! So…… Smartkuber is a serious game for cognitive training, developed at Gjøvik University College (Norway) as a research project, from Costas Boletsis and Prof. Simon McCallum.

It is actually the main tool for the last stage of the PhD study and we are currently running the validation experiment, in collaboration with Seniornett.

Smartkuber consists of 5 mini-games which – along with the implemented interaction technique, utilising the cubes – address various cognitive functions. You can find all the info about it in our new website:

Check the demo video

Latest publication: The Use of Smartwatches for Health Monitoring in Home-Based Dementia Care


Our latest publication on the use of smartwatches (the Basis smartwatch in particular) for health monitoring in home-based dementia care is now available on the SpringerLink website. The paper will also be presented on the Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population in Los Angeles, next week. (Update: You can read the full paper here.)

Apple acquires Metaio

junaio-appleApple has acquired the Augmented Reality startup Metaio and Junaio (Metaio’s cross-platform AR browser) goes with it… I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing for all of us who have invested time developing for Junaio, coding in AREL (Augmented Reality Experience Language) and using Metaio SDK, but to me it’s probably a bad thing since the Junaio channels will not be available after 15th December 2015… and I have developed the beta version of my PhD’s cognitive training game (namely Smartkuber) using that platform :( On a happier note, I still have plenty of time to run the final experiment using what’s left of Junaio.

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Level 1 & Level 2 publications – Norwegian Scientific Index

The Norwegian Scientific Index (Norwegian: Norsk vitenskapsindeks, NVI) is a Norwegian bibliographic database, aimed at covering all academic publication channels worldwide. It is operated by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (Norwegian: Norsk Samfunnsvitenskapelig Datatjeneste, NSD) on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research (Norwegian: Kunnskapsdepartementet, KD), and is a part of CRISTIN (Current Research Information System in Norway).

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Segway VR simulator using Oculus Rift DK2, Wii Balance Board & Kinect

A very interesting project: developing a Segway simulator in Virtual Reality space, utilising the Nintendo Wii Balance Board (= the Segway board) and the Microsoft Kinect (= player hand movements) for interaction purposes.

The interaction works smoothly and it feels like the real thing. The navigation space is the Tuscany villa Oculus Demo.

Nicely done!

Gjøvik / winter / timelapse

by Mariusz Nowostawski

Meta Spaceglasses One: first thoughts

spaceglassesA few days ago, the Meta Spaceglasses One finally arrived! We, at the GUC GameLab, have been waiting for them for over a year. So…I’ve used it for a while and I must admit that overall I was not impressed.

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