AWE (Augmented World Expo), the world’s largest and longest running conference and expo dedicated to augmented and virtual reality, today announced the list of finalists for the ninth annual Auggie Awards. Celebrating the best-of-the-best in AR+VR, winners will be presented with the prestigious Auggie Award on Thursday, May 31 at the Auggie Awards Ceremony live on stage at AWE USA 2018. AWE USA 2018 run May 30-June 1, 2018 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.

“For almost a decade, AWE has recognized hundreds of exceptionally talented and profoundly influential AR and VR technologists whose work is changing the world,” said Ori Inbar, co-founder and executive producer of AWE. “This year’s submissions—the largest number in AWE history including many by giant companies — represent an incredibly diverse and competitive assortment of achievements. These finalists illustrate the XR technologies and use cases with the greatest potential to impact our lives.”

This year Alla Vovk gave a talk at AWE USA about Spatiality of Augmented User Interface. Her talk was focused on what is a spatial interface and how people interact with the physical-digital environment in real workplaces. Intuitive things that are adoptions from the physical world and their combination with basic principles of human perception are implemented in AR training applications.

Additionally, the annual Auggie Awards have been the most recognized industry AR & VR awards in the world since 2010. Now in its 9th year, the Auggies continue to showcase the best-of-the-best in XR (AR/VR/MR) with this year seeing over 250 nominations in 10 active categories. Past winners include successful companies such as Spin Master, Lowe’s, Leap Motion, Meta, Microsoft HoloLens, Zappar, PTC Vuforia and more.

Sixty-four companies and innovators were announced as Auggie Award finalists. The 2018 finalists by category (and in alphabetical order) are:

Best Art or Film sponsored by IEEE Standards Association
AURORA by Pink Kong Studios
CAQUETÁ: Alianza con la Naturaleza (CAQUETÁ: Alliance with Nature) by VR Americas LLC
Charlie Fink’s Metaverse, An AR Enabled Guide to VR & AR by Charlie Fink
Karim & Noor by Blink Studios
Parabola @ SF Design Week by Heavy Projects

Best Campaign sponsored by PTC Vuforia
Acura AR Race by Current Studios
Augmented Passion: Russia World Cup 2018 by VR Americas LLC
BK Dinos by bizAR Reality
Fox Movies VR by Creote Studio Limited
I Caught It AR Cannon NY Jets Campaign by Xperiel
Johnson Controls HoloLens Product Launch by Vaylian Studios
Living Wine Labels, Treasury Wine Estates by Tactic

Best Consumer App
IKEA Place by IKEA
Markilux 3D – the most sophisticated AR-3D-configurator by ViewAR
Meo: Your real AR avatar by Meo
My Austrian Premium Economy by ViewAR
Pulse-Tech by Pharmaconsult
Skrite – Social Sky Messages by Skrite Labs Inc.
Streem by Streem

Best Creator & Authoring Tool sponsored by Microsoft
AR Designer by Envrmnt by Verizon
Augmania by Augmanian
awe (Augmented Web Experiences) by
Gravity Sketch by Gravity Sketch
Lens Studio by Snap Inc. by Snap Inc.
Studio by PTC

Best Developer Tool sponsored by DAQRI
AR Navigation by Insider Navigation
Navisens MotionDNA by Navisens
Unity by Unity
ViewAR SDK by ViewAR GmbH
Vuforia Engine by Vuforia
Wikitude SDK 7 by Wikitude

Best Enterprise Solutions sponsored by Kopin
Ethical Self Brain Hacking by VR Americas LLC
HiAR Industry by HiScene Information Technology CO., Ltd
Holoroom Test Drive by Lowe’s Innovation Labs
Proceedix by Proceedix
Skylight by Upskill
Volkswagen AR indoor navigation by Volkswagen / Insider Navigation
VR/AR in Surgery by ARIS MD

Best Game or Toy
DroneTopolis AR by CircleSquare Entertainment
HoloTats by Balti Virtual
Little Hippo AR Books by Little Hippo Books
PuzzlAR: World Tour by Bica Studios
Red Matter by Vertical Robot
Star Wars: Jedi Challenge by Lenovo

Best Headworn Device sponsored by Qualcomm
Action One by Shadow Creator Information Technology Co.,Ltd.
DigiLens MonoHUD by DigiLens Inc.
HiAR G100 by HiScene Information Technology Co., Ltd
HMT-1 by RealWear
IQbuds by Nuheara
PlayStation VR by Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Toshiba dynaEdge AR Smart Glasses by Toshiba
Vive Pro by HTC Vive

Best Input & Output Hardware sponsored by Bosch
Haptics Digital Signage by Ultrahaptics
Holo-Stylus by Holo-Light
Mudra Inspire by Wearable Devices LTD
Sense Glove by Sense Glove
Simulated Reality by Dimenco

Best Interaction Software Tool
Future of VR Storytelling by Quantum Interface
GeoCV Smart Phone Scanner by GeoCV
Lumo Play by Lumo interactive
ManoMotion by ManoMotion
Superb Reality XR Gesture Control & Hand Tracking software by Superb Reality

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