SeeSaw Labs

ViroReact’s New Feature is Exactly What We’ve Been Waiting for

ViroReact is a react based Augmented and Virtual Reality product, allowing for easy native development for both iOS and Android. This is a huge win for developers looking to deliver an experience without all of the bloat that can come from builds using a full game engine like Unreal or Unity.

We’re currently working on a VR project for a client that’s provided us with the opportunity to dive a bit deeper into ViroReact. We’ve been impressed with with just how easy and flexible development with React has been for such a large set of features.

 

ViroReact Capabilities

Viro offers VR specific features like a 360 degree stereoscopic video player, interactivity options like gaze triggers, and the ability to render objects in real time.

For AR, Viro’s focus has been on surface mapping (ensuring objects stay in one place in the real world), advanced rendering (realtime lighting and shadows), and interactivity (clicking, dragging and dropping objects as well as “portals” allowing you to step into 360 images or videos).

The gaping hole in the solution’s functionality has been image/marker recognition for triggering rendered objects in AR experiences; however, in the latest release, this functionality is now available for both Android and iOS…and it’s looking pretty impressive.

 

Image Tracking Demos

Viro’s demo projects feature a Black Panther movie poster and the Tesla logo as example image triggers. These demo gifs are entertaining but also provide excellent insight into the sophistication of the technology.


Notice in the Black Panther example how the rendered model remains totally stable as the person walks in front of the poster. This environmental tracking stability is one of the most impressive aspects of the Viro platform, so it’s great to see that it extends to image tracking as well.

In the Tesla example, the user is able to click to choose the color option of the rendered vehicle and is an excellent example of a practical interactive use case.

 

What This Means for You

Impactful, multi-platform AR and VR experiences have never been within closer reach. Whether you’re looking to add something memorable to your event, show off your product in a novel way, or simply build a tool to aid internal processes, we’re here to help craft the right solution for you, leveraging the latest in cutting-edge technology.

How Leap Motion is Evolving AR Interaction

We’ve written previously about the future of everyday AR wearables and the how integrating them aesthetically into societal norms is the key to adaptation; however, in the world of commercial applications, this constraint doesn’t necessarily exist.

Instead high levels of functionality are demanded and with it the ability to intuitively interact with the technology in a way that adds real value without being cumbersome.

Leap Motion is leading the charge in the intuitive interaction space. Their first product, an infrared scanner intended to transform your hands into controllers within Virtual Reality. It was honestly impressive, and we’ve enjoyed integrating it into some of our Labs experiments.

Now, Leap Motion is bringing this same hand-tracking technology to AR with their new wearable Project North Star. Though it looks like something straight out of a sci-fi film, North Star is expected to sell for as little as $100 and will bring Leap Motions infrared tracking to the AR wearable. The initial demos of the project look very promising and we’re excited to get our hands on one to experiment with in the Lab.

With Project North Star advancing the world of AR and HTC’s Vive Pro pushing VR to the next level, 2018 is shaping up to be huge LEAP forward for Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Is Artificial Intelligence Right for Your Business?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is something of a lofty, tech buzzword. It’s easy to imagine it as a solution reserved for huge companies using supercomputers to sift through massive stores of data. For example, IBM’s Watson is often what comes to mind when people think about AI.

Further Reaching Than You Think

In truth, AI is very general, and can be applied to many solutions and applications. In fact, you likely experience AI on a daily basis, and may not even know it.

If you shop on Amazon, you’re seeing AI at work producing other suggested purchases. If you use Google Maps, you’re seeing AI at work predicting traffic patterns for route suggestions. If you use Pandora or Spotify, you are seeing AI at work making music selection suggestions. AI is used for speech recognition and natural language processing to help Google Voice, Siri, and Alexa answer your questions.  Job search engines are leveraging AI to help better understand industry specific jargon and acronyms to improve your search results. This list goes on and on….

Easier Than Ever to Integrate

Technology cloud providers like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are changing the game when it comes to the ability to integrate and leverage AI in your custom software solutions. They all offer specialized AI services that can be readily  integrated and built upon. These well documented, constantly updated tools make enterprise level AI technology accessible to non-enterprise businesses.

How We’re Leveraging This Internally for Estimation

Providing accurate estimates can be a pain point for any business. Combing through past projects to find similar examples and plugging relevant scope information into highly customized excel sheets can be time consuming. Often, the job of estimating is put on more senior members of the team who simply make a “gut estimate” for the sake of time.

Fully automating the estimation process can be challenging though as there are many factors that can be hard to account for (such as desire to work with a new client or a known to be easy client relationship). In this case, simply augmenting the process is of huge value, bringing relevant information to your fingertips and providing easy access to those self-derived formulas that will give you the information you need as an informed starting point.

At SeeSaw Labs, we’ve augmented our own estimation process. A dashboard allows project requirements to be input into a linear-regression, machine learning algorithm which populates a list of our most similar past projects. That information then helps up populate the necessary inputs to generate an estimated range for time, resources, and cost.

What This Means for Your Business

Automating or augmenting your internal processes with AI has never been more straight-forward and cost-effective. For labor intensive, repetitive tasks these cloud provided services can offer tools to abstract away the dirty work from your day-to-day processes or customer journey.

Here are a few examples of practical applications that may be applicable to your business:

  • Customer support or product finding chatbot
  • Categorization of large amounts of data
  • Image and  face recognition in photos and videos
  • Anomaly detection and notification in customer behavior data
  • Size dimensions and weight estimation from photos
  • “Most Similar” matching for cost estimations

 

How We Can Do It For You

The above list goes on and on. We’d love to learn more about your business and help determine whether AI might be beneficial to your bottom line. The most useful solutions are those built specifically to serve your business’s unique process and needs. Let’s chat about AI and how it may fit within your business to alleviate unnecessary tedium, improve an existing product, or simple bring the information you need, right to your fingertips.

How We’re Leveraging This Internally for Estimation

Providing accurate estimates can be a pain point for any business. Combing through past projects to find similar examples and plugging relevant scope information into highly customized excel sheets can be time consuming. Often, the job of estimating is put on more senior members of the team who simply make a “gut estimate” for the sake of time.

Fully automating the estimation process can be challenging though as there are many factors that can be hard to account for (such as desire to work with a new client or a known to be easy client relationship). In this case, simply augmenting the process is of huge value, bringing relevant information to your fingertips and providing easy access to those self-derived formulas that will give you the information you need as an informed starting point.

At SeeSaw Labs, we’ve augmented our own estimation process. A dashboard allows project requirements to be input into a linear-regression, machine learning algorithm which populates a list of our most similar past projects. That information then helps up populate the necessary inputs to generate an estimated range for time, resources, and cost.

How We Can Do It For You

The most useful solutions are those built specifically to serve your business’s unique process and needs. Let’s chat about AI and how it may fit within your business to alleviate unnecessary tedium, improve an existing product, or simple bring the information you need, right to your fingertips.