The computer vision company Blippar has already engaged in outdoor AR navigation but now wants to make it easier for people to navigate through Indoor spaces with augmented reality.
On Thursday introduced its indoor visual positioning platform for AR navigation. Visual location is based on the user's landmarks and leads them to specific destinations or points to other interesting places.
The platform works in a similar way to the company's Visual Positioning System, which is used for outdoor navigation, as demonstrated in its AR City app will be shown.
"Since the launch of AR City, which is fueled in part by our urban visual positioning system, we have received a lot of interest in using this technology indoors," said Ambarish Mitra, co-founder and CEO of Blippar, in a statement. "I am very proud of what the team has achieved with our optical location system, and it is another step in realizing the transformation potential of augmented reality and computer vision, as well as providing other useful ways in which these technologies will improve our daily lives." 19659007] Blippar launches its indoor AR navigation function ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
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Rip-off navigation in the indoor AR navigation enables Blippar to provide business customers who want to improve the customer experience in their facilities. Video shows how the service can help companies orient new employees to their new workplace, with visual indicators of open and busy offices, amenities, and quiet zones. "The video also suggests how companies can use the platform to have fun in the office to bring the experience, with 3D characters romping around and having AR games gbar to release steam.
The use cases extend to almost every scenario. Shopping centers can use the service to guide customers to shops, food courts, toilets and parking. Stores can integrate visual interior positioning to help customers find specific items or turn them into deals. Airports can help travelers find their departure gate or a shop that can replace their travel chargers left behind.
Navigation is not the only feature of the platform. Indoor visual positioning also provides persistence. This allows museums to allow visitors to conduct self-guided tours with informative overlays of paintings and sculptures and audio accompaniment within particular exhibits. Sports events can provide virtual scoreboards with player information and entertainment during downtime. The platform can also be the basis for some forms of location-based gaming such as scavenger hunts.
The platform is an end-to-end solution, with Blippar offering its customers physical space modeling and consistent content publishing services. Where the platform differs from its outdoor cousin is positioning. Rather than using visual imaging technologies such as SLAM to position users, Blippar uses architectural CAD models or floor plans, with visual landmarks such as posters, paintings, or signage, to determine where the user is in the interior. From there, the system tracks visual inertial odometry (VIO) to track user movement through the device.
But Blippar is not the only software house to crack AR's real-time navigation mother. Google has developed an indoor navigation platform for Tango and ported it for walking on Google Maps. Mapbox, the service behind Snapchat's SnapMaps, also has a platform for AR navigation, and many AR cloud platforms promise similar solutions.
We've already seen practical examples in the real world, such as the 2018 Winter Olympics AR navigation app, the Hotstepper app (also based on the Mapbox platform) and Yahoo Japan's Maps app.
Quietly, AR-Navigation is evolving into one of the future killer applications for augmented reality, showing how AR Smartglasses can be used by companies such as Vuzix and WaveOptics.
However, for the time being, AR navigation is the domain of mobile apps. While holding a smartphone in front of the face, one can stifle the introduction of AR navigation in the short term, it is obvious that the software is just ready for the Smartglass era.