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Metaio: Pioneer in AR SDK’s for Mobile Platforms

Metaio was a privately held Augmented Reality(AR) software-tech company, founded 2003 in Munich, Germany by Thomas Alt(Chief Executive Officer) and Peter Meier(Chief Technology Officer). The company sprouted within Volkswgen from an internal project. In 2005, Metaio demostrated AR capabilities with KP Click & Design, a application that allows user to test out virtual furniture in their living space. Shortly after, they released the first plug-in for web-based AR applications. This allow them to carve their way into mobile AR applications. With continued innovative approaches to AR applications, Metaio gained recogntion.

Metaio Software Development Kit(SDK) contains comprehensive modular framework with several components, which includes the capturing tool, sensor interface, rendering, tracking and the Metaio interface. The digital tools’ interface can be accessed in Unity, Mac OS, and Windows PC; and deployed on iOS, Windows PC(x86), and Android. Java, Obj-C, and C++ support the software modules. 2D image formats(.jpg, .png, .bmp) and3D model formats(.obj, .fbx, .md2) are supported.

Augmented Reality Experience Language(AREL) is the Javascript binding of Metaio SDK’s Application Programming Interface(API) and static Extensible Markup Language(XML) content definition. This provides developers powerful scripting capabilities, to define 3D object’s properties, such as size, coordinate system, and transformations, to be loaded. User-friendly interface for the modules, improves visualization speed and response accuracy control. Effective tracking tech aids in Metaio SDK for 2D images, 3D objects/environments, location, and continuous visual search. It requires no encryption when deploying 3D models or tracking patterns.

Metaio Creator is a user-friendly Augmented Reality(AR) authoring tool, that enables the creation of AR applications based on advanced tracking tech. AR scenarios can be constructed within minutes, requiring no programming experience. Three-dimensional content(videos, audio, webpages) can be connected to any configuration of printed medium or 3D map(object or environment-based), which can be published to Junaio.

Metaio also designed it’s own Augmented Reality web browser, dubbed Junaio. “You can imagine a Junaio Channel like a website or a TV channel. Junaio acts as a distribution platform or a browser for your experiences. So it offers users all over the world a way to find your experience, which they can ‘tune in’ to see.” If you have skills in web languages, you can use that knowledge to create AR content, using Junaio web-based API, Metaio Cloud API.

All subscriptions to the current Metaio will be cancelled December 15, 2015. On May 28, 2015, the Wall Street Journal, and Techcrunch announced Apple bought Metaio. With much achievements in AR programming, it was only a matter of time.

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