As companies flocked to Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and other video conferencing platforms to bridge the gap, we wondered out loud, why aren’t more companies leaning even more heavily on augmented reality?
Arvizio may have the fix for that shortcoming with an update to its AR collaboration platform.
On Monday, Canada-based company unveiled Immerse 3D, an app for iOS, Android, HoloLens, and Magic Leap (listed as Arvizio Immerse 5.0) that works in conjunction with Arvizio Director PC collaboration software and Arvizio Cloud service to enable video conferencing participants . to communicate with the same 3D model in AR simultaneously.
After the meeting moderators initialize an Arvizio Director session and load the content, they share a QR code during a web meeting. Participants then scan the code with the Immerse 3D app via their mobile device or AR headset.
While interacting with the 3D content, participants can see their colleagues represented by avatars in their personal space. Users can scale models from tabletop to life size and annotate the model as well.
Immerse 3D can render CAD, BIM and 3D models in AR and works with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Webex, BlueJeans, Amazon Chime and other video platforms that support screen sharing.
Since there is an Android version of the app, it will work with stereoscopic smartglasses running on Android. According to a company spokesperson, the company has tested the app on a number of Android-based AR headsets and found that some porting is required (stereoscopic headsets are needed to enable the 3D experience).
While AR collaboration tools aren’t nearly as mainstream as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet, Arvizio’s solution helps the average office worker plunge into the waters of AR interaction.
“Bringing augmented reality to web meetings provides a more impactful experience – it’s visual, interactive and immersive,” Jonathan Reeves, Arvizio CEO, said in a statement. “We enable our customers to leverage 3D visualization with stakeholders around the world and leverage augmented reality for more efficient and realistic project reviews. We are excited to deliver this capability to our customers as remote interactions and digital meetings are the become standard. “