San Francisco-based augmented reality company Scope AR has made building AR instructional content for mobile devices and AR wearables as easy as assembling a PowerPoint deck, primarily through the WorkLink platform.
For the next trick, ScopeAR has packaged its platform in a browser window.
On Wednesday, the company launched WorkLink Create, a web-based application that, like the original WorkLink, allows users with no coding or 3D modeling experience to create AR workflows to guide employees through processes and procedures.
“We wanted to make creating 3D AR content as quick and easy as recording iMovie or creating a PowerPoint,” said Scott Montgomerie, CEO of Scope AR, in a statement. “Using our technology platform, each user can easily incorporate their specific knowledge into WorkLink so that it can be widely used for training, complex assembly and field troubleshooting.”
WorkLink Create supports a range of computer-aided drafting (CAD) file formats and uses a drag-and-drop interface similar to well-known movie editing programs, such as the aforementioned iMovie, to design AR scenes. Users can add standard animations to the scene and also insert instructional videos. Upon completion, users publish content to their assigned WorkLink account, making the content available to specified users through their own mobile devices, smart glasses, or AR headsets.
While Apple, Snapchat, Facebook, Unity and Adobe open doors for non-coders to create consumer-centric AR experiences, Scope AR belongs to a segment of AR software makers, including Ubimax and Upskill, that make creating AR content even easier for companies. cases of business use.
Scope AR customers such as Lockheed Martin, who used WorkLink as part of the process to build the Orion manned spacecraft, can attest to the ease of use.
“In the past, we would have developers spend months developing these types of applications. With Scope AR’s WorkLink platform, we can reduce this to 28 minutes, and four minutes for an additional panel,” said Shelley Peterson, an associate fellow. at Lockheed Martin. “The lead time on the platform has also been significantly reduced. We can bring in a new developer, have them complete a half-day training online and they can start creating work instructions.”
Speaking from personal business experience, IT departments have limited resources and preparing a business case to assign software developers to a project and prioritize it over other objectives can derail or otherwise delay progress.
But if a department manager, subject matter, or organizational instructor can put together AR instructions without using IT resources, they can jump over such hurdles.
In these scenarios, platforms such as WorkLink Create practically pay for themselves by enabling not only greater productivity, but also easy implementation.