Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): metaio, Google, Netflix, PlayStation Vita, Roku
--metaio Adds 3D Object Tracking, Visual Search to its Augmented Reality SDK
--Report: Google Developing Augmented Reality-Enabled Glasses
--Netflix Now Available on PlayStation Vita
--Roku Updates its iOS App
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.
- In other AR news: Google is developing AR-enabled, Android-based glasses that will superimpose information and images on what the user is seeing in real time, according to a report by the New York Times' Nick Bilton. The glasses, which will incorporate 3G or 4G connectivity, motion sensors and GPS, are slated to go on sale by the end of the year at a price comparable to that of smartphones, "several Google employees familiar with the project, who asked not to be named," told Bilton. More information on the project, which has also been reported on by 9 to 5 Google's Seth Weintraub, is available here.
- Netflix announced last week that its service is now available on the new PlayStation Vita, which will be the first Sony handheld entertainment system to feature the service. "PS Vita can stream TV shows and movies from Netflix in high quality on its brilliant 5-inch multi-touch display via WiFi," the company states in its press materials. "Netflix members can also start playing a title on one device, for example on their TV through PlayStation3, and resume watching on PS Vita right where they left off. PS Vita owners who aren't yet Netflix members can sign up on the device for a month free trial...PS Vita owners can download and install the Netflix application at no cost from the PlayStation Store. Netflix is available starting today on PS Vita in Canada, the United States and across Latin America."
Roku has released an updated version (1.1) of its iOS app. "The update adds a more traditional layout with 'D pad' buttons along with shortcuts for Netflix, Pandora and Crackle," the company explains on its blog. "So you'll always be a click away from your favorite channels. Other minor changes include: 1) Improved device discovery. We've also added helpful tips in case the app does not see your Roku player. 2) Improved loading time. 3) New shortcut to easily switch between Roku accounts...And yes, we're still working on an Android app for our droid-loving fans."