Do you need to show a Shaderlight render to a client but you’re in the field? Want to check on the rendering status of a scene or animation? Forgot to download a render before you left the office? With the new, and free, Shaderlight Cloud Viewer, you have the power to view Trimble SketchUp renders anywhere using an Apple or Android device. View completed scenes and animations, check on the status of in-progress renders, and download and display renders. The Shaderlight Cloud Viewer, combined with Shaderlight desktop software, will increase the effectiveness of your rendering workflow. With the convenience of mobile, your high quality, photo-realistic scenes and animations are available anytime you need them.
Great news! Our popular SightSpace 3D mobile viewer with Augmented Reality is now available for download for Android devices in four languages: English, Chinese (simplified), French, and Spanish! If you are not familiar with SightSpace, it is a viewer for SketchUp files (in .KMZ format) on Android (and Apple) devices. It is a powerful tool to visualize a SketchUp model in the real world, in place, by using Augmented Reality technology. Move the device and the view changes in real-time. Additional features include stereoscopic red/cyan 3D, annotate 3D models, bookmark favorite views, take screenshots, share notes and photos, and more.
People ask us all the time: 1) how can Augmented Reality (AR) technology be used? and 2) do we ever use our own apps? The answer to the first question is that our AR technology is used for everything from architecture to entertainment to education. It is also used in designing trade show booths and I am going to focus on that application which leads to the second question. The answer is a definite yes! We used SightSpace 3D and Trimble SketchUp to design our own booth at CES 2013, the Consumer Electronics Show.
I have just returned from CES 2013 where we launched our VYZAR Augmented Reality technology! For those of you who are not familiar, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show and is the biggest in the world with over 150,000 attendees and a massive amount of floor space (1.9 million sq ft). You exhibit at CES to show off your awesome new product and that is exactly what we did by choosing to launch our new VYZAR Augmented Reality technology. VYZAR is an engine for Apple and Android to combine the digital with real life by overlaying 2D, 3D, and animated virtual data onto the live camera feed of a mobile device. It can be licensed to developers (with a fully documented SDK), built into custom apps, and we build our own apps using VYZAR technology including SightSpace 3D (and Free-D), Circulizar Gifts, and Virtual Holidays. VYZAR definitely made a splash as 20,000 products were launched at CES and VYZAR was one of 12 featured in the official CES press release.
Have you ever wanted to interact with the digital in the real world? Now it is possible with our VYZAR 3D engine and Augmented Reality technology that is launching at CES 2013. The VYZAR engine overlays 2D, 3D, and animated virtual objects on the real world and powers mobile applications on both the Apple and Android platform including SightSpace 3D, Circulizar Gifts, and Virtual Holidays.
Have you ever wanted to try out our SightSpace 3D app but were not ready for the commitment? We have a solution with our release of SightSpace Free-D, a free download of our popular SightSpace 3D model viewer with Augmented Reality capabilities for iPads and iPhones. Place up to 3 models on Free-D for completely free to experience our custom viewer (there is no limit on model size or polygons. SightSpace will use available memory to the max). Models can be transferred directly to the Apple device through iTunes or downloaded from Dropbox and email. All of the capabilities of 3D are available as in-app purchases so you can customize your desired features, including a purchase for loading more models.
Welcome to Part 2 of my SketchUp Basecamp round-up. In Part 1, I summarized Basecamp as a whole and the announcements. Now I am going to personalize it to us, our friends at Shaderlight, and some of the great people we got to meet. SketchUcation unofficially kicked of Basecamp on Sunday night by having a mixer and we met many attendees.
Shaderlight, presented their interactive rendering plugin during a ‘Rendering Round-up” on Day 1 and in an unconference on Day 2. They were very well received and many SketchUp users got to see our Shaderlight Cloud Rendering in action. They were excited to be able to send complex animations to the cloud and to submit unlimited, simultaneous renders. To make sure Shaderlight users are never without their renders, we introduced the Shaderlight Cloud Viewer for Android devices. Don’t worry Apple users, your app is coming soon.
I am pleased to announce the SightSpace 3D v1.1 update for Android devices is now available on Google Play. If you are not familiar with SightSpace, it views SketchUp (and other KMZ format files) on Apple and Android devices in Augmented Reality by superimposing the digital designs in the real-world in real-time, enabling you to walk through the model by simply moving your device. Additional features include stereoscopic red/cyan 3D, annotate 3D models, bookmark favorite views, take screenshots, share notes and photos, and more.
The SightSpace mobile app for SketchUp has the following improvements for Android:
Our very own Jeffrey Franklin will be part of the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference next week in New York City. Jeff will participate in a panel session focusing on Intelligent Imaging and Augmented Reality on Tuesday, June 26th at 2:25pm in the Metropolitan Pavilion. The panel, including experts from MIT and Xerox, will discuss Augmented Reality, facial recognition, privacy issues, and more.
We are very pleased that we were invited and it is likely due to our background in Augmented Reality. This is demonstrated in our custom VYZAR 3D Augmented Reality that powers our SightSpace 3D mobile application for Apple and Android. If you are not familiar with SightSpace, it views SketchUp files in Augmented Reality by superimposing the digital designs in the real-world in real-time, enabling you to walk through the model by simply moving your device. Additional features include stereoscopic red/cyan 3D, annotate 3D models, bookmark favorite views, take screenshots, share notes and photos, and more.
During the AIA 2012 expo in Washington, DC, that took place in mid-May, we were demonstrating our new Shaderlight Cloud Rendering plug-in for SketchUp and new features for SightSpace 3D, our mobile viewer with Augmented Reality for SketchUp. In our booth we joined up with the good people of Shaderlight to show off Shaderlight Cloud Rendering (launching June 2012) which is the first, and only, SketchUp rendering plug-in to use the power of fast computers on the cloud to deliver high quality photorealistic renderings fast without tying up your desktop.