For more than ten years, Austria-based ViewAR has been building an ecosystem to create augmented reality (AR)-powered solutions with a self-service portal or through an SDK for advanced customization.
From providing navigational support for museums and shopping malls to generating step-by-step instructions on the factory floor, businesses across all industries can optimize their processes and create better experiences for both customers and employees using ViewAR’s offerings. As a Matterport Platform Partner, ViewAR is using the Model API and spatial data to develop new applications on top of the Matterport platform to create even more immersive and interactive AR experiences.
By using the Matterport Model API to access a spatial data library of imagery and metadata, ViewAR determines the users position based on a visual recognition, creating a persistent coordinate system. This allows a variety of AR applications to connect and interact with the physical environment.
“Using Matterport scans with the ViewAR system is a quick and easy way to scan locations and opens a wide range of Augmented Reality applications connected to physical environments,” says ViewAR Founder and CEO Markus Meixner.
AR Indoor Navigation with Matterport: Creating Unforgettable Digital Experiences
Guests attending museums, exhibitions and events can quickly become overwhelmed by the size of the space and the sheer number of things to explore around them.
INDOAR helps people locate the shortest path to an exhibition object or start a predefined tour of multiple objects. Compared to traditional map-based navigation systems, it offers a 3D character that guides visitors through a space and provides object-relevant information at the physical object location.
Clients, such as the Vienna Technical Museum, are using INDOAR to offer onsite visitors AR-guided tours through all 200,000 square feet of the building, enabling world's largest AR indoor navigation. Using INDOAR, the museum also offers pre-defined walkthroughs of specific topics or exhibits based on a digital twin. Interactive content related to each exhibit is provided to the user based on their location using points of interest and Mattertags.
“Indoor navigation with Augmented Reality offers a unique solution for an advanced and entertaining visitor experience at our museum,” says Dr. Walter Szevera from the Vienna Technical Museum.
Retail AR: Providing Customers with Location-Based Product Information
With ViewAR, retailers can provide customers with location-based product information for hundreds of products - whether they are in the store or shopping virtually through a Matterport digital twin.
Using location awareness based on visual recognition in combination with Optical Character Recognition (OCR), users can place Mattertags with correct coordinates using a text-defined rule (e.g. “Item:*”).
Pairing this feature with an API allows users to automatically fill Mattertag content, such as pricing or product information..
Industrial AR: Increasing Efficiency based on Digital Twins
ViewAR’s Industrial AR suite provides AR indoor navigation of digital twins, so businesses can gain efficiencies on the workfloor, providing step-by-step instructions and remote assistance.
By attaching physical coordinates to every POI in a digital twin, ViewAR makes it easier for users to understand their surroundings with a digital twin. Businesses can add or display IoT data to locations, so users can more easily access data on physical devices.
Within the digital twin, users can generate deep links that start a navigation to a specific point of interest or display a set of instructions that can be saved in external systems. This enables companies to integrate spatial data into enterprise IT systems like SAP or ServiceNow to better manage or operate facilities.
Meixner concludes, “There is enormous potential to optimize business operations and customer experiences using spatial data and we’re excited to be part of the Matterport Platform Program.”
ViewAR is a Matterport Platform Partner that leverages Matterport’s APIs and SDKs to build and commercialize their apps and integrations with our market-leading spatial data platform. As a Platform Partner, they gain access to a range of commercial benefits, such as Matterport’s distribution network and enhanced support as well as co-marketing and co-selling programs to help them successfully monetize their applications. To learn more about the Platform Partner Program and apply to join, visit https://matterport.com/platform-partner-program.
ViewAR is a leading global provider of augmented reality (AR) software, based in Vienna, Austria. The System provides a complete infrastructure to create, manage, test, and publish Augmented Reality applications. It lets developers and inexperienced creators use cutting-edge technologies to create immersive AR experiences across a broad range of domains. The ViewAR system covers the solutions for indoor navigation and guidance, Industry 4.0 and IoT, remote assistance, and product visualization.
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