A new augmented reality cloud platform from German startup Visualix is working to give companies the ability to scan their own warehouses, factories and stores and create maps for augmented reality navigation.
During the Augmented World Expo (AWE) Europe, the Computer Vision Company, introduces the Visualix Mapping and Positioning System for creating AR navigation apps.
The platform includes a scanning app and content management system along with the localization SDK, APIs and The company's AR cloud service, which is required to map large environments, track physical objects in space, anchor persistent AR content, and develop apps. The system works with ARKit and ARCore and uses its own technology to enhance the mapping and localization area. The AR-Cloud from Visualix provides the processing power for the technology as well as the ability to save the 3D maps scanned by the app.
"Our goal is to give businesses a tool to easily map their physical environment with available mobile phones and tablets. Our customers can use the visual maps to precisely locate their assets and equipment without any special knowledge to follow up, "said Darius Pajouh, CEO and co-founder of Visualix, in a statement provided to Next Reality. "Our customers do not need beacons or markers to locate their location or navigate through a large environment, we can pinpoint where the user is and offer a scalable solution that's aligned with business needs."
Companies such as Niantic, 6D.ai and Ubiquity6 are already working to provide AR cloud capabilities for consumer apps, the gradually creating momentum The entire world is housed in a digital layer for gaming and commerce. But there is also a market where companies can build their own AR clouds, an idea propagated by Wikitude in "private micro-AR clouds".
"The idea of the AR cloud naturally requires that your device seamlessly tracks all of your environment," said Philipp Nagele, technical director of Wikitude. "But here's the problem: I'm pretty sure things are happening in your living room or in another private area that you do not want to share with the rest of the world, let alone upload them to a public AR cloud Anyone can search it. "
In this regard, Visualix hits the mark for business and allows these companies to map their own spaces for their own, sometimes private, purposes. This can include the depiction of a warehouse so that employees can find inventory more efficiently, or lead customers in a store and highlight items that are for sale.
The company currently counts Nokia as one of the first users of the service, at several sites, with the aim to add more. The optics manufacturer Zeiss has also applied for a pilot test for service based on Visualix by winning the innovation competition Zeiss and KIT Robotics
The service will officially start in November and will be able to provide companies that want to use the service for their facilities request a demo on the Visualix website.
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