Back at Build 2016, Microsoft showed off an augmented reality app working on a Surface device. The app which was built with Vuforia allowed the user to interact with a product catalog by utilizing the device’s camera and other features in Windows 10. For those unfamiliar, Vuforia allows developers to make augmented reality apps for devices such as Surface tablets and the HoloLens, and the Vuforia SDK is used by more than 275,000 developers.
In August the company is releasing Vuforia 6 SDK, which will allow developers to make augmented reality apps for the HoloLens and the Universal Windows Platform. In a blog post, the company stated:
Vuforia introduces an important capability to HoloLens – the ability to attach experiences to specific things in the environment. When combined with HoloLens native capabilities, AR experiences can be expanded and transported to actual size in any environment to provide a virtual showroom. When combined with VuMarks, this capability can be used for 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.
Companies are using Vuforia said:
- “We see huge potential in the combination of object recognition and graphical overlay, especially when such information is fed to the HoloLens in real-time, for instance, in connection with maintenance or manufacturing lines.”
- Mads Troelsgaard, CEO, Unity Studios
- “We have leveraged Vuforia for HoloLens proof of concept projects and were able to achieve great precision. We were pleased how easy it is to setup and get up to speed. We had great success and expect to use it in future projects.”
- René Schulte, Director of Immersive Experiences, Valorem Consulting
The company has also published a video, showing off one of the apps built with their SDK running on the HoloLens:
The SDK is now available to the public and can be downloaded at Vuforia here.