US: 6D.ai (6D), the startup building a 3D map of the world using just a smartphone camera, announced today its commercial availability for developers to begin shipping their applications. Additionally, 6D announced they are working with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., to provide spatial understanding for Snapdragon™ powered XR head-mounted displays (HMDs) and XR viewers which are designed to connect to smartphones based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform. The company also released its Android solution rounding out its cross-platform offerings, which already includes iOS.
“The 3D model of the world is the next platform all apps will run on,” said Matt Miesnieks, CEO and co-founder, 6D.ai. “We are seeing this happen today with businesses of all sizes across a variety of industries looking to build spatially aware applications that go beyond AR to scanning, location-based services and in the future, drones and robotics. Today’s roll out of our business model and our cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies are the first of many steps we are taking toward building this 3D map of the world.”
Qualcomm Technologies and 6D will work together to optimize the 6D reality platform for Snapdragon powered XR devices, taking advantage of advanced Computer Vision and AI processing to enable developers and OEMs to create fully immerse apps with life-like XR experiences that blur the line between real and virtual worlds.
“XR, powered by AI and 5G, has the potential to define the next generation of immersive mobile computing,” said Hugo Swart, senior director of product management and head of XR, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “6D is strengthening today’s experiences by building world maps to help lay the foundation for a future where XR devices fully understand the real world to enable developers creating next generation applications that can recognize, interpret, and interact with the world we live in.”
Additionally, 6D announced the beta roll out of its Android solution. These cross-platform experiences allow users of apps built on 6D to share the same virtual experience, accurately and persistently, while viewing it from different devices.
Value-Driven Pricing and 2019 App Promotion
With today’s pricing announced, 6D developers can start publicly shipping applications. The pricing model was built with two of the company’s value in mind:
•The first, around giving developers the ability to experiment and ship apps that push the limits on what is possible in spatial computing, AR, robotics, and location-based applications. As part of this goal, the company announced that any app that ships on 6D by December 31, 2019 will enjoy free use of its SDK for three years.
•The second, around its focus on data privacy. With this transaction-based pricing model, the company is committed to charge for the value it directly provides vs building a business model that is built on advertising.
Thousands of developers are already testing and building apps that realistically interact with the world on 6D’s platform including Autodesk, Nexus Studios, Accenture and other Fortune 500 companies leading their industries. This series of business and product updates deliver on 6D’s vision to power the way we understand the world.