Appshaker’s Augmented Reality Vision for Nat Geo.

UK company Appshaker has created an augmented reality experience for National Geographic that is currently touring shopping malls in Europe, with a featured test market in Budapest.

This is a really solid example of how augmented reality applications can be used beyond most of the novelty approaches that are in place today. This experience becomes more immersive for the target audience, and doesn’t feel cheap.

The National Geographic experience works by placing a large digital display and high-definition camera in front of an AR marker that adhered to the floor at the correct viewing distance. When you step onto the AR marker, the virtual content comes to life on the display in front of you.The video is a little deceiving since it focuses more on audience reaction, and less on what the audience is actually seeing, but you get the idea. This example is so much better than the typical “point your phone at a card, watch the animation”, which anymore feels like it has jumped the shark.

One thing that Appshaker did was having a real guide, who was there to help people interact with and understand the augmented reality content. That little trick helps make the whole installation work by getting the audience to understand and participate.

Ikea Organizes Your Computer Desktop.

This actually launched a few weeks back, but I haven’t been to the Ikea site for a while so I just discovered it today.

Ikea Working with interactive agency Laboratory Ideas in Budapest has developed a virtual desktop based on the popular shelving system EXPEDIT that is designed to help you organize your virtual desktop in addition to the physical space in your life. The E-Folder organizer tasks decorative IKEA storage bins with acting as desktop folders on the shelves of the popular bookcase.

“We prepared a useful, design-conscious and cost-effective way – true to IKEA’s values – to organize and store your stuff even in your second home, your computer. You can download the IKEA e-Folder set, which consists of a background picture with an EXPEDIT storage unit and an icon set made of IKEA’s very own organizers to put order to the chaos on your Desktop. The e-Folder set can be already downloaded from three countries’ IKEA websites (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary).” Laboratory Ideas