Maps Built for the Needs of Mobile and VR developersBy Bart Denny on 10th March 2016 | Mobile, VR
2016 will be the year that Virtual and Augmented Reality gets introduced to the masses. Today’s high-end headsets give users an amazing sense of presence: the feeling that they are actually somewhere else. But most people will get a VR teaser from “mobile VR” (Samsung’s Gear, or Google’s Cardboard), which turn your ordinary mobile phone into a VR headset.
There’s real excitement in the VR community, fueled by massive investments from the VC community, and teams in the hundreds working on VR projects inside today’s tech giants.
Within the emerging VR industry, there’s a growing sense of the real-world problems which are more easily solved with VR. It turns out that 3D visualizations and interactions are simply better ways to do certain things. We’re betting that an explosion of 3D interfaces and visualizations, driven by VR, will drive the next wave of human-computer interactions.
We’ve been delivering scalable, country-scale streaming 3D environments on mobile phones for years: our class-leading rendering performance powers apps for NTT Docomo, Samsung and Hubio. Developers have full control over the entire experience, unlike with Apple or Google.
Over the past year, we have invested heavily to create our new 3D Indoor Maps. Initial projects with companies like Cisco had us integrating their structural building data & POIs into our map platform. This map was then the base for their a guide to their Customer Experience Center, enabling them to showcase how the latest in indoor positioning makes navigating corporate environments easier, saving employees & guests valuable time.
These initial engagements turned out great, and have opened a lot of doors. We’re now working with industry leading folks in the Indoor Location Space, including Micello, Senion Labs and Cisco themselves.
Our goal is to make our Indoor Maps accessible to every property owner or operator, so last week’s release of our Indoor Maps API is a real milestone.
This API gives developers the tools build intuitive, simple ways to explore and interact with your surroundings. By tying these maps to accurate indoor context, it’s easy to get the right information in front of guests and employees.
Seeing an accurate representation of where you are in 3D space is uniquely intuitive: our brain’s 3D spatial skills make it faster to orient yourself. 3D puts things in human scale. With accurate “Blue Dot” indoor positioning data, developers can use 3D Maps to deliver a range of contextual information and services, providing a better user experience.
The eeGeo platform lets developers solve real world problems with an adaptable virtual representation of that world in 3D; we’re the only 3D base map for augmenting, annotating, and animating the world. This makes it much easier to truly understand a given place.
This new API is in beta, but even now, it’s still possible for a layperson to manage. And while we’re in beta, it’s free. We’ll import, create and place your model, and make it available to you via our mobile SDKs, which are free to download here.
If you are in Bay Area next week, we’ve got two great ways to come talk to us, and see some of the things we’re working on”
- eeGeo will be attending the first VRDC show next week in San Francisco, showing our VR and mobile demos. Hit us up on twitter, mail or facebook to arrange an in-person demo.
- We’re hosting a Meetup event on Wednesday evening: “3D, AR/VR in Real Estate Tech” with a few guest speakers & demos. It’s free, but tickets are limited: sign up today!