With the new augmented reality application, users can enter a world where they can feed virtual tigers with food items such as digital cakes.
Interestingly enough the digital cake and the virtual tiger exist in real-world locations.
And with the power of augmented reality, they will stay there until the very end of time itself.
On a very special 20th floor of a very specific officer tower right in the middle of San Francisco downtown, there exists a very special corner.
If you visit that corner right now you may just find a mouse and a cat waiting.
This is the place that Ubiquity 6 calls its office.
In this very office with the aid of the company’s smartphone app, people have gained the ability to insert objects into the company’s offices.
Ubiquity 6 is an augmented reality startup.
As mentioned just now, it offers its services in the form of a smartphone application.
The application is called Ubiquity.
Mind you, the augmented reality app is still in its beta phase.
Or, in other words, very early development stage.
But the company expects to release the augmented reality app pretty soon for popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android.
Some say the augmented reality app might hit the market as early as this summer.
Once released to the wider public, the augmented reality app will allow users to add digital and virtual objects to actual real-world locations.
One other interesting thing about these objects and places is that other people would have the opportunity to see these objects.
Moreover, they would also be able to play around with just objects in addition to seeing them in the first place.
How will they do that?
Well, they will do that with the help of the augmented reality app Ubiquity on their own smartphone devices.
Or screens, more precisely.
Users can leave the virtual and digital objects in any given physical place.
This is what a reporter did when he left a gray mouse and a white cat near the company’s offices.
The reporter also left a floating message apart from the two objects mentioned above.
The message itself resided above the nearby couch which gave information about the reporter and the fact that the reporter was there.
And that too in big font letters with a purple theme.
Ubiquiti augmented reality apps works to ensure that the objects that people place in real-world locations would persist.
They would persist even after the user who made and placed the objects in the real world location move away from the place.
Users have the facility of coming back to the same place and then visit the location where they put the objects.
Ubiquity augmented reality application enables users to interact with those objects at any time they want as well.
Anjney Midha, the CEO and the co-founder of Ubiquity 6 recently took the opportunity to explain how the app worked.
According to Anjney, the augmented reality app essentially let users place digital and virtual objects in the physical world.
More specifically, in physical places.
They could leave those objects for themselves or for their friends to find.
Users and their friends could also interact with the objects either in real-time or later when they visit the place at some other time.
The Ubiquity augmented reality app can do lots of things.
Some of the things it can do are,
- Allow users to toss virtual and digital basketballs right through hoops (which are also virtual)
- Enables users to scatter different hunks of cake (which are all, of course, digital as well) near a particular place where they just sit there until hungry lions come and gobble them up.
- Allow users to leave a photograph or image of themselves on some random wall only for another user of the app to find it.
According to Anjney, users can do all of the above with the help of the company’s augmented reality application.
With the Ubiquity augmented reality app, users can do lots more as well.
The unique thing about what this augmented reality app offers is persistence.
If a user places an object in a physical location and puts his/her smartphone device away someplace, Ubiquity 6 wants the user to know that all the cats and the hoops and the photos that the user placed there would still exist there.
Users can later come back to the same place and pull those objects back out from their smartphone devices.
No doubt, the Ubiquity augmented reality app is a weird tool.
But it is also cool.
And, of course, possibly the future (a very near one at that) of the technology that we all know today as augmented reality.
There is little doubt about the fact that the very idea of combining and mixing the actual with the digital has been making rounds around town for a considerably long period of time.
But only recently have augmented reality apps become pretty mainstream.
Or almost mainstream as far as smartphone devices are concerned.
In recent years we have seen augmented reality apps bombarding app stores on both the major platforms thanks to augmented reality applications such as Pokemon Go.
This has come to a point that now technology giants such as Google and Apple are activity pushing qualified app developers to build and roll out augmented reality applications.
The other thing readers need to understand here is that headsets such as Magic Leap One (still not released yet) from Magic Leap and Hololens from Microsoft still aim to attract developers.
At least, for now, that holds true.
So in all probability, normal users will have to stick to smartphone devices in order to experience augmented reality.
Potentially, that will remain the most affordable way for the majority of the consumers who want to experience reality-mixing right now.
The video we have linked to above shows how the Ubiquity augmented reality app works when used from a smartphone device.
In the video, the smartphone device is running the augmented reality app Ubiquity.
It shows a user utilizing the app and how a given user, via the augmented reality app, gets the ability to add virtual and digital objects to a real physical space.
While the first user is doing that, other users can actually check those digital objects out from their own point of view or angles.
Have a look at those floating spheres.
As mentioned before, if the user chooses so then the user can leave those digital objects at the physical location.
Then when they return to this same physical location they can see the objects as they were before.
Midha, the co-founder of Ubiquity, previously worked as the founding partner of a seeding investing fund by the name of (now-defunct) Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
He also assisted the above-mentioned venture firm to go ahead and invest in Magic Leap.
As the CEO of Ubiquity, Midhat is betting a lot on hardware products such as Magic leap’s Magic One.
Recently, Index ventures finished off a funding round by raising $10.5 million.
One of Midha’s former venture firms also led the round of funding.
This should indicate to the user that there is a lot of confidence in augmented reality app products from the larger world of venture capitalism as well.
As alluded to earlier, Ubiquity, the augmented reality application is still in its early developmental stages.
In other words, the augmented reality app doesn’t really work perfectly.
Or, well, at all.
One reporter said that he could not even manage to download the augmented reality app on his smartphone device.
But as far as augmented reality apps go, according to one reporter, Ubiquity offers much more social and interactive content that the competition.
Apart from showing off his augmented reality app, Midha took the chance to shoot some virtual hoops together with one of the reporters present there in the company’s lobby.
And it was easy.
All that both of them had to do was to tap on their smartphone displays in order to drop virtual and digital slices of digital cake for virtual lions to virtually eat.
The reporter mentioned that he involuntarily took a step back when one of the virtual felines, after finishing its digital snack, tried to stalk towards him.
Of course, there nothing there to be wary of.
That’s when the co-founder of Ubiquity, Midha, laughed at the reporter while the reporter also laughed at himself.
To put it another way, the augmented reality app managed to fool the reporter’s mind for a moment there.
Some say it doesn’t really feel like something of a big deal when one is using an augmented reality app like Ubiquity.
No one needs any convincing that the business of making virtual objects that have the ability to gain persistence in the real physical world is tricky business.
Add to that the fact that augmented reality apps such as Ubiquity are going one step further by trying to make multiple people look at the same thing from different angles simultaneously.
But why is it so tricky?
Aren’t people already doing that when they are playing multiplayer video games via their consoles online and elsewhere?
Because this is augmented reality we’re talking about here.
Each person is located at a different location.
And has a different viewing device.
With a different viewing angle.
In this case, that viewing device is a smartphone device.
Each of the smartphone devices that is using an augmented reality app like Ubiquity needs to know a lot of information about the real-world physical environment that the user is in at any given moment.
Then the augmented reality app has to decide where the given digital and/or virtual object should existing within the physical space.
Did we mention that the augmented reality app needed to do all this work in real-time?
And that too across multiple smartphone devices of people who are using the augmented reality app to try and view the virtual and/or digital objects?
These people are present at the same physical location.
And the app has to make sure everything lines up correctly.
That is the only way multiple people can take part in an activity (such as playing the game of virtually shooting hoops with other people at the same time) that actually works.
How does Ubiquity do all of this?
Well, it makes the magic happen by first using the smartphone device’s sensors to build a detailed enough map of the exact physical space that the user is present in.
And it does that very quickly.
The map includes items such as surfaces and walls of various different objects like all the furniture in the user’s surroundings.
Ubiquity, the augmented reality app, also has to position the user of the app within the generated virtual space.
Then the augmented reality app moves ahead by allowing users to edit the virtual space.
Users can do that by placing and adding virtual objects to the virtual space.
The current version of the augmented reality app allows users to search for items.
Users can search for something like “oranges”.
This would instruct the augmented reality app to pull in many different kinds of results representing 3D and virtual citrus fruits.
The augmented reality app pulls all the information regarding the object from places such as Poly.
Poly is a free-to-use website from Google.
What If The Future Of Ubiquity, the Augmented Reality App
The co-founder of Ubiquity, Midha, has grand visions about his augmented reality app.
He envisions people using the augmented reality app in various public places.
The augmented reality app would enable users to build virtual and digital gardens all over various cities.
For instance, one of the gardens could allow other multiple users of the augmented reality app to tend the garden from their smartphone devices.
One person could use the augmented reality app to drop seeds.
Then another user of the Ubiquity app could come in, at some other time, to water the seeds.
And then another Ubiquity user could harvest all those virtual veggies.
At least that is how Midha is thinking at the moment.
But while Midha is keeping himself busing in thinking about all the fun and collaborative activities people might want to take part in using augmented reality applications, he also knows that a point will come where the company would have to contend with the unwanted consequences of offering people the neat ability of, in many ways, editing the world around them.
For instance, what would the company do if someone who used the augmented reality app Ubiquity used the app to leave a digital or virtual penis forest right outside someone else’s house?
How would the company prevent such scenarios?
There are other possibilities as well.
Someone might have the bad idea of defacing the other person’s carefully crafted virtual and digital creations, what would happen there?
Needless to say, these questions aren’t exactly hypothetical.
Technology services such as Snapchat have already had to deal with such situations.
In fact, one event happened just last fall.
The incident happened when some vandalized augmented reality Jeff Koons Balloon Dog while it was being shown to the world via an exhibition.
Understandably, Midha doesn’t have the required knowledge to give answers on these issues.
The most he can currently say is that the company, Ubiquity 6, would do everything in its power to manage issues such as digital graffiti.
Franzi Roesner, one of MIT Technology Review’s 2017 Innovators Under 35 and an assistant professor at the University of Washington, has managed to spend a great amount of time in thinking about security and privacy issues related to a world where several number of people have the opportunity to mix realities.
She recently mentioned that in a very recent augmented reality study where participants wore Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, researchers found that these participants started to troll each other very quickly.
They started to place digital objects right in front of the other participants’ faces.
Basing her opinions on her experiences, she has a high expectation that Ubiquity won’t have to wait a long time before the so-called “time to penis” happens.
Now, even though Roesener has her doubts about all the trolling opportunities that augmented reality apps like Ubiquity would bring to the table, that hasn’t stopped her from conceding that the technology that the company has used in the augmented reality app does look a good bit of more advanced than all the other smartphone device-based augmented reality apps she has had a chance to check out in the past.
She recently said that she found it really cool to have seen an app like Ubiquity.
Augmented reality apps will change the world.
It will be the driving the very future of what we now call work.
There is already a virtual reality point-and-shoot camera equipment which allows users to rewind their life and in the process of doing so allows them to relive their memories.
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