June 11, 2009

Metaio Unifeye Design Demo 1.0 Review

by Thomas K. Carpenter in augmented reality12 Comments

Metaio recently released an AR software package demo called Unifeye Design Demo 1.0.  I’ve been meaning to do a review of the software, but my webcam was not up to snuff.  I’ve since upgraded the webcam and so I decided to do a short video explaining my experience with the software.

The focus of this review of the software was seeing how easy it was to figure out how to use it with little knowledge of augmented reality software.  In this regard, Metaio succeeded in their task.  As for the usefulness of the software, I think once we see what the full version can do, we’ll know more. 

So its a good first look at an AR programming package and I think it has promise for the future.  Looking forward for more information and updates from Metaio.  If you’d like to play with the software yourself, then download it here.

(Metaio Unifeye Design Demo 1.0 Review #2)


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

  • Thanks for doing that, saved me some time in doing it myself. Since I’m far too lazy to check it out myself, a quick question: can you create standalone executables from this?

    Also, I took a quick look at the website, it doesn’t seem like it is going to be a programming API at all? It just seems to be this tool, which is nice for non-programmers I suppose, but fairly limited all the same.

  • I expect since this is only a version1.0 and a demo that its only giving us a taste of what they’re working on. I’ve asked Jan from AugmentedBlog some of these questions and he’ll be getting back to me soon. So I’ll do a follow up as I understand more.

    If you have suggestions or requests for the software, I’d post the comments here, I think that’s the kind of feedback they were looking for.

  • Hey there,

    as Unifeye Design is supposed to be a tool for non-programmers, it does not contain a programming interface. If you are looking for that, please check out http://www.metaio.com/products/sdk

    There also is a whitepaper about the “full version”.

    Best regards,


  • How does this compare to the flash-based AR Toolkits? I have been playing around with Squidder, but most of the AR software is still quite beta.

    What I would like:
    1. Upload 3D image / avi movie into the program.
    2. Upload marker into the program.
    3. It spits out a flash file you can put on your website which loads the 3d image/avi upon recognizing the marker.

    3 step, simple process to creating AR.

  • Well, this is just the demo version, so you can’t add anything custom to it yet. I don’t know if it’ll support flash additions in the real version but for now it doesn’t. I can poke Jan to stop by and answer your question though.

    I think the software has loads of potential. Its been easy to work with, even without the full documentation available. I have addtional videos I’m wanting to do, though I can’t quite get my ambitious ideas to work, I think I’ll eventually figure it out.

    I would at least recommend downloading the demo and playing around with it. I’m sure they’d like more opinions on the software, since I don’t think they’re done developing it yet.

  • i downloaded V2.0 yesterday, the full ops. version. They said that the demo version 2.0 is scheduled in 2 or 3 weeks from there website. You can download V1.0 as noted above from there website http://www.metaio.com .
    Since, like most of you, my acspectations are very high, but without an extended manual i`m stil in fiddling-mode with it.

    BTW, if there is anyone who would make another video of the basics, but with better screenshots keep me posted!!

    have a good one,


  • Unifeye Mobile SDK cost is 10.000€ for developer license (5 UDIDs/EMEIs) and 7.500€ per app (free app with fixed content)

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