Not all enterprise augmented reality tools require a high-end headset and high computing power. Sometimes a smartphone can do the job just as well. In this regard, software maker Atheer is now bringing its Workforce AR platform to iPhones and iPads via a native app.
The company's new augmented reality management platform (ARMP), which enables companies to provide work instructions and perform remote support video calls, is available with the iPhone 6 and later, as well as second-generation iPads and iPad Minis with at least iOS 12.0 compatible.
Atheer's mobile app allows users to comment live video with biased elements such as arrows, text, and objects. as well as with freehand drawings and fast undo or redo of actions. The app also offers features such as low bandwidth video calls, zooming in and out of live video, and group video calls.
Interested parties can not just browse the App Store and find the app. Instead, Atheer requires customers to contact customer support for a copy.
"Shipping Atheer as a native Apple The iOS app for iPhone and iPad is an important step on the way to our device-independent vision for ARMP, "said Atheer chief Sanjog Gad in a blog post. "We believe that companies should be able to use AR with the devices that best meet their needs and budget, and if Atheer is delivered as a native iOS app, customers can do just that."
Last March, the company expanded part of its AR platform Atheer AiR to iPads by adding the App optimized for the Safari web browser. In addition, Atheer AiR is compatible with Android-based smartphones, tablets, and smart glasses along with Windows 10 devices, adding Microsoft HoloLens to the mix last February.
Atheer's platform is in a crowded area in a relatively mature enterprise reality market, which is meeting with companies such as Scope AR, Rex, Ubimax and Upskill. Even companies better known for producing AR hardware, such as Microsoft and Daqri, have begun shipping their own Enterprise AR apps.
Atheer makes sure its software uses native apps for the most popular mobile operating system from the pack, by turning to a wider range of customers, such as those who have not been through investments in smart glasses or AR headsets sold.