Monday, April 14, 2014
YDreams Retail Show-reel: an overview of some of the more emblematic projects the company has developed for the Retail sector:
YDreams Retail Show-reel: an overview of some of the more emblematic projects the company has developed for the Retail sector:
The company will be hitting the crowdfunding platform soon with Printoo, a modular platform that will enable people to quickly and easily create demos in areas ranging from the “Internet of Things”, “Smart Wearables”, interactive posters or cards or even animate objects created using 3D printers.
We’ll keep you posted about the official launch of the company’s campaign on Kickstarter!
Gift idea website, Dodoburd (http://dodoburd.com) “that goes above and beyond to bring you unique, unusual, fun, thoughtful and just plain cool gifts you never knew existed” elected aquatic drone Ziphius, by our spinout company Azorean, as one of the 44 Coolest Tech Gadgets of 2013! Click here to see list: http://dodoburd.com/2013-cool-gadgets.
On a more local level, we are also proud to announce that Zphius received an Honorable Mention for Exame Informatica’s 2013 Innovation Prize. Every year, Exame Informática, a Portuguese magazine covering the latest news and information about technology, hardware, software and the Internet, has been distinguishing companies and individuals who excel in the areas of Science and New Technologies.
Congratulations to Ziphius for both these distinctions!
Congrats to YDreams’ own Fernando Nabais & his team, on winning a “Production Incentives” award for their Cybird’s project in Telefonica’s VIDA competition!
More about the Cybirds project here: http://vida.fundaciontelefonica.com/en/project/cybirds-exotic-artificial-birds-in-captivity/
Next week, YDreams’ Global Managing Director, Filipe Vasconcellos, in collaboration with Intel’s EMEA Regional Director, Rod O’Shea, will be giving a keynote address at the 22nd ACI EUROPE Airport Trading Conference and Exhibition underway at the Congress Centre Hamburg, Germany from the 22nd to the 24th of April.
The conference program will revolve around “Collaboration and innovation to enhance the volume and quality of commercial opportunities for the passenger”. During his keynote YDreams’ Global Managing Director will be showcasing the company’s relationship with Intel and the projects the two have collaborated on such as the Virtual Aquarium for the Intel Stand at Lego World 2012 and 2013.
We are proud to report that Ziphius, the aquatic drone controlled by a smartphone or tablet, developed by YDreams’ spinout Azorean, is the winner of the Insert Coin: New Challengers competition! Not only did the Ziphius win $20,000 thanks to deliberation by the judges, it is also coming home with the $5,000 reader’s choice prize!
In addition to the cash prize, which will go towards improving and finalizing the Ziphius prototype, the “Insert Coin” Competition has been an excellent opportunity for Ziphius, largely due to Engadget’s review and all the exposure that has come with debuting our product in front of some of tech’s top influencers.
For a full overview, the videos below tell the whole story!
EDMUNDO NOBRE EXPLAINS THE ZIPHIUS AT THE ENGADGET EXPAND EXHIBIT:
AT MINUTE 22:40 THE WINNER IS ANNOUNCED:
INTERVIEW WITH INSERT COIN WINNER ZIPHIUS:
To better experience the card we’ve created for you, enable your webcam and click on the following link: http://www.ydreams.com/xmas2012/?lang=en
Nave do Conhecimento (Knowledge Vessel) at Irajá neighborhood is the latest member of a knowledge network being set up in Rio de Janeiro; the municipality’s goal in setting up the network is to offer the local population easier access to culture and information technologies via free internet, free workshops and courses in information technology. All the centers are fueled by YDreams’ technologies.
We were excited to hear that on a March 6th visit to the Brazilian pavilion at CeBIT 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down to try out the Alphabet Table, an augmented reality educational game, conceived and developed by YDreams for Positivo Informática, one of Brazil’s largest computer and educational technology manufacturers.
As you can see in the photo below, Dilma and Angela actually completed an activity using the didactic tool to better understand and experience what the innovative Alphabet table has to offer young learners.
The Educational Alphabet Table, which was also awarded a Gold in the Informatics category by IDEA/Brasil in August 2011, an organization endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America, works by combining colorful animations, video and sound to create an interactive environment. The table features a webcam, 32 inch LCD screen and Augmented Reality markers that represent characters in the story. The 2D markers are captured by the camera and transformed into real-time 3D images, which can be treated as “virtual marionettes” on an LCD screen. The educational game, which can be played by up to six students at a time, is ideal for promoting collaboration, exchanging knowledge, and teaching children and students with special needs their “ABC’s”.
At the end of last year, the editorial team at Condé Nast Traveller Magazine drew up long lists in the following 10 categories – Aviation, Communications Technology, Culture, Gourmet, Infrastructure, Leisure, Sustainability, Retail, Style on the Move, Transport.
We were thrilled to find out that YDreams’ Santander Interactive Guest Assistants (SIGA) project for Ciudad Grupo Santander, on the outskirts of Madrid, was short-listed for this year’s Communications Technology category of the Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards.
The long lists put together by the magazine’s editorial team were then sent to an illustrious panel of judges which includes Sir Nicholas Serota of Tate; Paul Thompson, Rector of London’s Royal College of Art; David Rowan, Editor of Wired magazine, to name a few.
Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s Innovation and Design Awards has become a fixture in their editorial calendar and are now in their sixth year. Past winners have included such design luminaries as Norman Foster; Zaha Hadid; John Pawson, Ross Lovegrove; David Chipperfield; Jack Dorsey, Jonathan Ive, Heston Blumenthal; Tom Dixon; Christopher Bailey; Thomas Heatherwick; Miuccia Prada; Yotam Ottolenghi and Alan Yau amongst others.
In 2011, the award for the Communications Technology category went to ‘Square Inc’ an iPhone application payment platform created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey that allowed anyone to process credit cards payments on the go.
The shortlists across all 10 categories will be published in the Innovation and Design supplement inserted into the May 2012 issue of Condé Nast Traveller on sale April 12, and available online with pictures at http://www.cntraveller.com.
An amazing Virtual World, fueled by YDreams technology and design, recently opened to the public at Istanbul’s Marmara Forum on December 15, 2011. YDreams conceived and developed an enchanted realm inhabited by friendly eccentric creatures called Marmarians for the Multi Mall Management Group shopping center, whose aim was to offer young guests a space for creative expression while simultaneously connecting with shoppers, and enhancing customer loyalty.
Young guests to the center are invited and encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and “give life” to their own exotic creations. Two touch consoles, located at each end of the video wall, comprised of fifteen 40” monitors, invite shoppers to create and customize creatures that ultimately become a type of virtual pet. Guests use the touch screens to create their new Marmarian from scratch – they decide on the shape of the body, its texture and color as well as the color of its eyes and stripes or spots. The variables available enable guests to create up to 30.000 distinct creatures, so the risk that any two will be identical is minimal! After determining what their new Marmarian looks like, guests name it and release it into the brand new Virtual World!
Creating their new pet creature is only half the fun; to make sure they grow into happy, healthy Marmarians, they need to be fed and visited, a task that can only be accomplished by checking in at the touch consoles at Marmara Forum. The more you visit your virtual pet, the bigger and happier it grows, and the more you are able to further customize it by adding new features.
In addition, a dedicated website (http://www.virtualworldmf.com/front/web/index.php) is also available so that guests can regularly check up on their Marmarian from home to see how it’s doing. Furthermore, a point system which gives way to discounts at selected Marmara Forum stores and restaurants has been implemented, so by checking in at the center to feed and visit their pets, guests are also increasing their eligibility to win great discounts.
In mid October we posted about our Virtual Aquarium project for Forum Sintra, on the outskirts of Lisbon, where guests get to create their very own customized virtual pet fish and then standby and simply enjoy the view.
Enjoy the video:
Ynvisible (YDreams’ first spinout company) in collaboration with Enfucell and IDTechEx, produced close to 1600 interactive badges to distribute to participants and attendees at the upcoming Printed Electronics USA 2011 tradeshow.
The badges contain three interactive graphic layers, activated by the push of a button. Each layer, designed specifically for the event, conveys IDTechEx’s marketing messages. Technologically, the interactive badges are a hybrid solution, based on a combination of printed electronics ̶ Ynvisible’s electrochromics-based interactive graphics and Enfucell’s SoftBattery® ̶ and traditional electronics, namely the printed circuit boards, buttons and wiring. Designers from Ynvisible and IDTechEx jointly designed the interactive badges, with the final assembly of badges carried out by Ynvisible.
“The combination of established color printing and printed interactive graphics brings new levels of interaction and communication power to everyday items. Consumers who enjoy the interactivity of on-line content and services will now increasingly start to find such features also in printed products”, said Jani-Mikael Kuusisto, Chief Business Development Officer for Ynvisible.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 conference and tradeshow is the biggest event in the world on the topic. This year’s tradeshow will be the largest Printed Electronics exhibition to date, with 105 exhibiting companies already confirmed. The tradeshow is on from November 30th to December 1st, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre.
The following video gives us a comprehensive overview of printed electronics spin-out Ynvisible and its relationship to parent-company YDreams:
In September we told you about the work we did for two booths at Rock in Rio 2011 – O Submarino and Virtual Hang-gliding over Rio de Janeiro state.
Below, the videos, to give you better idea of what we are talking about!
In the video below, Audience Entertainment, co-owned and fueled by YDreams’ technology, brings interactive fun to a nightclub event in China. Simple hand gestures enable the crowd to control and maneuver the car in a Redbull-themed virtual race:
O Concurso «Realize o Seu Sonho» é uma iniciativa que apoia a estruturação de ideias e projectos em planos de negócio viáveis. Temos como Júri o Dr. Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Prof. António Câmara (CEO da YDreams), Prof. António Gomes Mota, Dr. Manuel Forjaz, Dr.ª Vera Pires Coelho, Prof. Tomaz Morais, Dr.ª Isabel Jonet, Dr. José Miguel Queimado e Dr. Paulo Taylor.
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VicTour is YLabs’s final proof-of-concept resulting from its latest software research project CHAMELEON. During the development process the project generated other examples already published such as FlyAR and the “mother of all depth sensing demos”, long before the whole Kinect frenzy. This depth sensing demo was distinguished with the first Auggie award (the Augmented Reality Oscars) at the Augmented Reality Event 2010.
CHAMELEON emerged from the strong belief that the research and development of next-generation intelligent interaction devices is expected to rely on integrative efforts across several research fields. The main objective of this project was therefore to explore and implement architectures and practical design methodologies for embodied intelligent interaction, with a focus on affective and cognitive computation models, as well as autonomous adaptation and learning of system components and parameters over dynamic multimodal and multi-user environments. Read the rest of this entry »
Barcelona’s recently inaugurated Museu Blau (formerly known as the Natural Science Museum) uses YDreams hands-on, interactive technologies to bring greater relevance to museum-goers, by actively involving them in a story about the planet and its incredible diversity.
The Forum Building, located in Barcelona’s Diagonal Mar district, has been put to excellent use as home to the city’s new Museu Blau (Blau meaning blue in Catalan) because of the building’s indigo-blue structure, the building was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who were also responsible for Museu Blau’s museography.
The museum, covering 9.000 m2, is divided into two floors with an incredible exhibition about the planet and its biological and geological diversity. Herzog & de Meuron and Museu Blau commissioned YMed, YDreams affiliate in Spain to conceive and implement interactive tools that would afford visitors an exciting way to explore the exhibition content; YDreams responded by creating 16 enhanced-reality mobile screens and two other interactive solutions for the museum.
Museu Blau is yet another successful foray into the Spanish market for YDreams; in early 2010, the Lisbon-based interactive technologies provider was responsible for conceiving and implementing all the interactive components, including robotics, at the cutting edge Ciudad Grupo Santader Visitors Center on the outskirts of Madrid. Later that year, YDreams technological creativity gave way to an impactful and exploratory experience for visitors to the BTEK Interpretation Center in Zamudio, Bilbao in northern Spain.
The interactive technologies-based theme park, ‘Parque Família Blue’ is back for a second year, but this time in Porto, northern Portugal’s largest city. The theme park, conceived by YDreams for Gas Natural Fenosa, one of Europe’s principal energy companies, was implemented for the first time in April 2010 at the Dolce Vita Tejo Shopping Center on the outskirts of Lisbon.
‘Parque Familia Blue’ is made up of a numerous interactive technologies that engage children through a series of games and activities designed to foster environmental awareness and teach energy efficiency.
Gas Natural Fenosa was extremely pleased with the results from last year’s event and decided to bring the theme park to Porto in 2011. In addition, after Porto ‘Parque Família Blue’ heads for Coruña in Northern Spain until May 1st, and then to Barcelona in October.
‘Parque Família Blue’ is up and running at Dolce Vita Porto’s Urban Plaza and is open to the public daily from March 17th to April 5th from 10h00 to 19h00. The park also welcomes and schedules daily school trips from all over Portugal.
For more information click HERE!
To watch the YouTube video from last year’s event click HERE.