I’ve been fascinated with augmented reality technology (AR) for a while now, because I think it will become the standard of mobile. It feels a bit like wearing 3D glasses through your mobile, allowing you to see things you can’t see normally. As Allen Lu, of Senscape puts it, “[AR] becomes an extension of yourself.

I last wrote about Mobile Bus, a Korean company developing mobile marker based AR games. But while in Seoul, I also took the opportunity to drop by another Korean based AR company, Olaworks.

Established in 2006 by Jung-hee Ryu, the progressive technology company attracted US$4m investment from Intel Capital and SKYLAKE Incuvest. The company has 60+ patents and has two main technologies. One is ScanSearch, a Computer vision and sensor based mobile search. The second is Olaface, a facial recognition engine to detect, track and identify people in real time in photos and videos. The company now has around 60 employees.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.