Not sure about how retro this is…
Last weekend some of us attended the Pixel conference in Vienna. Great talks – thanks to the Pixel team! A lot of people managed it to get on location despite the fact that the new Apple maps obviously were not able to help, see for yourself:
Currently in Vienna? Then check out one of the interactive CityLights of the Vöslauer Recycling campaign we have been working on:
We finally managed to update our website with all the details from the latest projects. Go check it out: http://www.rarebyte.com
If you are somewhere in Vienna these days, don’t miss to check out the digital station branding at the Stephansplatz. As a part of the brand-new marketing campaign of A1 we had the chance to realize an augmented reality solution never seen before anywhere in Austria in terms of screen space and location. Visitors of the subway station at the Stephansplatz can see themselves with speech and thought bubbles above their heads that contain entertaining and product specific slogans as well as different A1 logos.
Here is a short video of the installation – more material is coming soon:
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Ok, this took some time,…
…but writing a review at the end of the year is already becoming some sort of tradition over here. So what has happened during the year that came to an end nearly two months ago?
Retrospectively, it looks like the year was full of very different projects, speaking of the platforms, areas of use and technology as well.
One of the first projects in 2010 was “The Biggest Loser – Abspecken im Doppelpack” – a personal nutritionist for iPhone and iPod touch, developed for Independent Arts Software and published by SevenOne Intermedia, which accompanies the well-known TV series on kabel eins.
We then released an iPad version of our very own Black Sheep, just right on time for the launch of the AppStore for iPad apps. We still have plans to add more content to the game or maybe even develop Black Sheep 2 with all new graphics and additional features.
Next – and completely different – was a game using augmented reality (AR). We were lucky to have Gewista as one of our partners on the project, and the game – an AR version of the well-known wooden labyrinth – was shown at their Plakatparty 2010. A lot of great feedback from all those people who played the game at the party encouraged us to pursue to combination of AR techniques and games for use in advertising. So there might be some crazy stuff coming up in 2011.
I remember the early summer of 2010 as a time of typical long-hour days, especially for our lead artist Mateusz, who finished his studies with a diploma thesis called “Cellular Destruction”. Of course, the destruction was all virtual, but if you looked at the guy sometime in June ’10, it was like things were slipping a little bit into the real world ;)
It was right after my 2 week long trip to Norway in July when we started looking at the Gamescom in Cologne. We visited the show for two very, very busy days and met a lot of great people there. This led to some great opportunities that are not ready to be discovered this time.
At the end of the year we started pre-production on a bigger project that will (hopefully) lead us into a bright future…