Augmented/Virtual Reality Contest

SIGGRAPH 2014's Augmented/Virtual Reality Contest encouraged developers to create and showcase the best augmented/virtual reality experiences possible using today’s technologies. Each of the three finalists receives an Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 and a Sixsense STEM. The first-prize winner also receives Full Conference registration for SIGGRAPH 2015.

The finalists demonstrate their work during Real-Time Live! (Tuesday, 12 August, 5:30-7:15 pm, West Building, Ballroom C-D) and Appy Hour (Wednesday, 13 August, 5:30-7:30 pm, West Building, Exhibit Hall A):


Birdly is an immersive installation that explores the experience of a bird in flight. It tries to capture the mediated flying experience with several methods. Unlike a common flight simulator, users do not control a machine. Insteady, they embody a bird, the Red Kite. Evocation of this embodiment relies mainly on the sensory-motor coupling. Users can control the simulator with their hands and arms, which directly correlates to the wings and the primary feathers of the bird.

Max Rheiner
Fabian Troxler
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste


The MixPerceptions project proposes a novel approach for artistic expression based on augmented reality. It merges the technical capabilities of modern smartphones and tablets with scientific advances in image analysis to provide an innovative interactive experience with paintings and murals.

Jose San Pedro
Independent New Media Artist

Aurelio San Pedro
Juan Pablo Carrascal
Matylda Szmukier
Independent Artists

Smart Specs Real-Time Augmented Vision for the Sight-Impaired

This set of smart glasses augments the vision of severely sight-impaired people in real time, highlighting the most relevant parts of the visual scene by combining information from a depth camera and an edge-detection algorithm operating on the output of an RGB camera.

Stephen Hicks
Joram van Rheede
Iain Wilson
Stuart Golodetz
University of Oxford