BundlAR is thrilled to announce our partnership with 1871 to co-sponsor the monthly VR/AR Chicago Meetup hosted at 1871 starting in 2019. To learn more, please read the following press release prepared by 1871.

1871 Partners with Leading Augmented Reality Solutions Provider to Hold Recurring Series of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Extended Reality Panels

PRESS RELEASE | Chicago, IL | December 5, 2018

Yun Tai, Director of Communications
(910) 391-9496

CHICAGO (December 5, 2018) – 1871 joined BundlAR on Wednesday to announce that it will host VR/AR Chicago Meetup, a series of panels and demonstrations focusing on the applications of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and extended reality (XR) in different industries. Beginning on January 16, 2019, 1871 will host VR/AR Chicago events on a monthly basis for an entire year. Each VR/AR Chicago event will include a panel of experts along with opportunities for networking and hands-on demonstration.

“We’re very excited to partner with 1871 to help grow, educate, and engage the Chicago business and XR community.” said Matt Wren, CTO at BundlAR and Founder of the VR/AR Chicago MeetUp. “XR technology represents the next evolution of communication, and Chicago has a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of it all. With 1871 being the center of the technology ecosystem here, this seems like a natural fit as augmented reality and virtual reality adoption accelerate.”

Launching in March of 2017, VR/AR Chicago Meetup has covered VR, AR, and XR topics in a variety of different fields including real estate, commercial print, games, marketing, education, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, research, and therapy. The VR/AR Chicago Meetup community includes developers, business leaders, investors, students, and more. Numerous members of the organization currently provide VR, AR, and XR services in the Chicagoland area and actively produce, promote, and demonstrate the value of these solutions for the city’s tech and business ecosystem.

“Virtual reality, augmented reality, and extended reality technologies are changing the way that organizations operate in countless industries,” said 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler. “We’re excited to partner with BundlAR to host the VR/AR Chicago Meetup. This series of thoughtful discussions will benefit our community of entrepreneurs, leaders, and startups by highlighting the many possibilities of these innovative and immersive platforms.”

To learn more about the VR/AR Chicago Meetup, visit https://www.meetup.com/VRARChicago/

About BundlAR
BundlAR is a market leading augmented reality solutions (AR) provider for businesses and institutions. Our proprietary API, Content Management System (CMS), and Mobile App Platform simplifies the process of incorporating cutting-edge AR technology into corporate and institutional initiatives.

BundlAR provides a variety of AR solutions including PublishReality for printers, publishers, & marketers, eXpoReality for trade shows & conventions, and CampusReality for higher education & museums. Learn more at www.bundlAR.com.

About 1871
1871 is a not-for-profit organization that exists to inspire, equip, and support founders to build great businesses. It is the home of ~500 high-growth technology startups and ~1,500 members supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. Located in a 140,000 square-foot space in The Merchandise Mart, 1871 has 500 current mentors available to its members, as well as more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and other organizations that make its extensive matrix of resources possible. Visit www.1871.com for more information.

Take Two! BundlAR CEO John Martin Returns to WBBM Newsradio

In September, WBBM Newsradio Noon Business Hour invited our CEO to discuss how augmented reality (AR) will revolutionize our everyday lives.

This time they wanted to catch up and learn more about BundlAR and how the AR market has shifted and exploded over the last few month.

You can listen to the interview on WBBM Newsradios Facebook page. Please reach out by email to info@bundlar.com and visit BundlAR.com to learn more.

Alan Smithson of MetaVRse & Matthew Wren of BundlAR Headline the 2112 Immersive Tech Summit

On Saturday, 2112, a Chicago incubator/accelerator focused on the development of businesses solutions for music, film/video, and creative technologies, hosted the 2112 Immersive Tech Summit.

The day-long Summit included industry leaders in immersive tech presenting cutting-edge workshops & demos exploring virtual, augmented & mixed reality conceptualization, production & post-production, branding & marketing case studies, trends, best practices & standards, and market adoption.

BundlAR CTO and VRAR Association – Chicago President Matthew Wren kicked off the keynote lectures with the deftly titled “Augmented Reality – Where we AR Now & Where We AR Going.”

Alan Smithson from MetaVRse flew in from Canada to steal the show with his keynote “209 Ways Organizations are Using XR Now.”

(2112 streamed both keynotes on Facebook Live, which you can view here and here, respectively.)

Another intersting presentation came from Dekker Dreyer of Clever Fox Media and Columbia College Chicago touching on The Future of AR/VR.

BundlAR CEO John Martin also lectured on Business & Higher Education Augmented Reality Solution focusing on a few of our success stories including New College Institute and STMG International.

BundlAR CEO John Martin discusses the many ways a university can use augmented reality on their campus.

The 2112 Immersive Tech Summit also brought together many leaders in the XR industry for a special dinner on Friday night including Matt & John from BundlAR, Alan from MetaVRse, Keith Soljacich of Digitas North America, Mark Mallchok of Brella Productions, Davinder Kohli of XentStudios, LLC, Aaqib Usman of Midwest Immersive, M.J. Anderson of RealityBLU, Mfon Akpan of National Louis University, and Hayley Schilling from Chicago Booth.

ST Media Group International Releases First Augmented Reality Magazines

Some foods just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Bacon and eggs. Chips and salsa. The ingredients, their flavors, combine to elevate the other. Food parings aside, print media and augmented reality (AR) compliment each other similarly.

If it’s closing the new digital divide–the sales lost when a potential customer reads about an item and then forgets to purchase it later–with digital product information buttons and links to e-commerce solutions. Or educating and wowing readers with video, audio, dynamic 3D graphics, interactive AR experiences, and more, AR connects the reader to the digital world and delivers a truly unique experience.

ST Media Group International, a global provider of trade information, began their AR journey on BundlAR’s PublishReality app (enter code “stmg18”) by partnering with LexJet to augment the covers of the Signs of the Times, Big Picture, and Screen Printing magazine covers with video messages from their editors. LexJet also had their own AR enhanced ad that launched a video in each publication.

A bonus to AR is that is also works with digital media, an important factor because all of ST Media Group’s publications are available online.

Adrienne Palmer, the Editor-in-Chief of Big Picture magazine was thrilled her online readers would have the same AR experience as her print viewership.

“This is so cool! And I’m amazed it works via the digital edition. Awesome.”

Unlike with other tech advances that have hurt publishing, augmented reality isn’t disrupting print, but elevating it. It’s creating new inventory to sell for publishers and allowing advertisers and sponsor to tell their brand’s story on a new medium, while creating memorable moments for their readers that are more likely to turn into direct sales.

To learn more about custom augmented reality solutions for print media, email info@bundlar.com.

NCI’s Augmented Reality Interactive 3D Engineer Inspires Students

Looking for a way to engage junior high and high school students in a creative and interactive way, New College Institute (Virginia) approached BundlAR about our Augmented Reality (AR) Demo Wall (retractable banner) they saw at eduWeb 2018 in San Diego.

NCI’s Assistant Director of Academics and Communications, Melany Stowe, wanted to give kids an engaging experience when learning about potential professions at an upcoming career fair and for future marketing efforts.

After the initial planning, BundlAR and NCI decided on a retractable banner that would launch a 3D AR Engineer named Max. The kids could take a picture with Max (and an NCI logo) and also launch videos and other information about becoming an engineer by pressing digital AR icons. It worked!

The night of the event, Melany emailed BundlAR, “The students loved it!” with a link to over 100 pictures from the event. The reaction of the kids seeing themselves with Max, as well as the videos popping out of nowhere on the iPads was priceless.

NCI took it a step further by brilliantly repurposing their banners to create handouts students could take home with them and show to their friends and family.

To learn more about the NCI project and BundlAR custom augmented reality solutions, please visit BundlAR.com or contact us at info@BundlAR.com.