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Vuforia AR platform for enterprise to support HoloLens

05 Apr 2016

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PTC has revealed that its Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform will support Microsoft HoloLens. The company demonstrated a scenario where a salesperson could provide 3D visualisations of a Caterpillar Multi-Terrain Loader to a potential customer. A Microsoft Surface tablet was used to produce a small-scale visualisation on a sales brochure. HoloLens was then used to transport the loader to the stage, where it could be observed and configured at actual size.

Vuforia has introduced an important capability to HoloLens, the power to connect experiences to specific things in the environment. This capability has been widely used to create 3D visualisations of various consumer and industrial products. When combined with HoloLens, these 3D visualisations can easily be expanded and transported to actual size in any environment, providing a more immersive and realistic visualisation experience.

Even more significantly, this capability can be used to create a new generation of virtual assistants, guided step-by-step instructions for products or machinery. These experiences have the potential to reduce or even eliminate dependence on cumbersome manuals used by technicians.

Vuforia claims to ease AR application development by delivering robust computer vision functionality beneath a simple API. When combined with Unity, a development tool for interactive 3D experiences, developers can build a single application that can run on leading phones, tablets, VR viewers and digital eyewear. This enables developers to target the broadest range of devices with reliable AR experiences, whether for consumer or enterprise-facing applications.

Vuforia is the de facto standard for AR application developers. The Vuforia SDK with support for HoloLens is expected to be available to all developers this spring.

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