Google I/O
AR Demos

Google I/O 2019

In collaboration with Novel, we at Virtu Labs had the exciting opportunity to partner with Google for IO2019, where we played a key role in showcasing the remarkable capabilities of ARCore's latest developer release.
Google's ARCore team was eager to demonstrate the cutting-edge features and advancements they had developed to their vibrant developer community, and our team was tasked with bringing these innovations to life through a series of immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Cloud Anchors

AR experiences are more fun when they’re shared. ARCore's Cloud Anchors API let's users create collaborative experiences that Android and iOS users can share. To showcase this, we created a digital ecosystem that let participants grow a garden together. 

With persistent tracking, the physical world can become a video game by relaying the position of digital objects to every device in real-time. As users moved around the physical table, magical seeds promoted places in the garden users could plant. Each position spawned a new plant species creating a unique garden with each collective session.


Augmented Images

Augmented reality (AR) opens up innovative avenues for brands to communicate their value proposition to customers, and ARCore's Augmented Images API empowers developers to craft spatial experiences anchored to simple images. As part of our showcase at IO2019, we demonstrated a compelling retail use-case by designing an interactive AR walkthrough that offered users a fresh and immersive perspective on a Breville at-home espresso machine.

Through this experience, attendees could explore the features and functionality of the espresso machine in a captivating and interactive manner, exemplifying how AR can elevate product presentations and create memorable customer experiences. This demonstration was one of the five AR experiences we designed for the event, each of which highlighted the diverse and transformative potential of ARCore's latest developer release.


Augmented Faces

ARCore's Augmented Faces API offers developers the ability to generate a high-quality digital face mesh, enabling the creation of dynamic filters and interactive games without the need for a front-facing depth sensor. To showcase the impressive capabilities of this API, we designed two engaging face filters that incorporated mouth triggers and head position tracking, delivering a delightful and entertaining experience for users. These face filters exemplified the creative potential of the Augmented Faces API, allowing developers to explore the possibilities of facial recognition and interaction in AR.

Whether used for playful entertainment or innovative applications, the Augmented Faces API unlocks a new realm of interactivity, and our demonstration at IO2019 served as an exciting example of the technology's potential. This was yet another highlight among the five AR experiences we presented at the event, each designed to illuminate the diverse and transformative capabilities of ARCore's latest developer release.


The successful collaboration with Google and Novel at IO2019 underscored our commitment to pushing the boundaries of AR technology and our ability to create compelling and impactful experiences that resonate with audiences. As pioneers in the AR space, we at Virtu Labs are proud to have contributed to this milestone event and to have played a part in shaping the future of augmented reality.


Client: Google, 2019
Partner Agency: Novel

Development: VirtuLabs
ECD: Jeff Linnell
Creative Director: Jeremy Stewart
Design Technologist: Brandon Kruysman
Design Technologist: Jonathan Proto
Executive Producers: Julia Gottlieb, Jeff Macke
Unity Artist: Jeffrey Bryant
3D Design/Animation: Maciek Janicki
3D Design + AD: Peter Tarka
Texture Artist: Patrick Hillstead
Video Production: Stebs, Natalie Rhold
Photography: Aron Pruitt
Fabrication: Dakota Wilder, Andrew Devansky


Selected Works

Wild SafariImmersive Experience

Google I/O AR DemosAndroid ARCore

Augmented BrainHololens AR

Mira AR / VRWeb 3D

Collateral BeautyProjection


Broadcom 360Web VR

Byton Concept CarAI Face Recognition

SkyLightsLaser Projection

WAVERealtime Projection