SDKs make augmented reality possible and within reach for anyone building their own app.
Many technology companies—as well as enterprises looking to integrate new technologies into their existing platforms or service offerings—are facing a very real shortage in development capability. Software and product engineering have become some of the highest-paying sectors in the country, as demand currently far outweighs supply. As a result, companies looking to adopt new technologies will likely face expensive and extensive development times and, once deployed, may lack the flexibility needed to maintain pace with rapidly changing customer expectations and demands.
Software development kits, however, can alleviate that demand and provide a valuable and unique opportunity to enable the deployment of new technologies that offers an even more compelling experience for the user.
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, augmented reality can play a pivotal role in enhancing the customer experience, especially in industries related to home improvement and design. SDKs provide an even greater opportunity for businesses in those industries to integrate existing solutions rather than build their own products and features from the ground up, exposing themselves to long, costly development times that could stretch across months or years.
It was with these concerns in mind that PLNAR developed its own SDK to integrate with clients’ existing mobile apps and platforms to enable a “virtually there” capability to connect those businesses with their customers. Built combining Apple’s ARKit and SceneKit to enable real-time construction of 3-D models, PLNAR’s SDK is split into multiple modules to allow customers and end users to measure the dimensions of their rooms, create multiple projects, generate reports and integrate with the cloud, complete with a customizable, seamless user interface that can fit within a partner’s design guidelines. Whether customers want to integrate PLNAR’s measurement capability directly into existing apps or create full white-label solutions, they are given full flexibility to create their own experiences for the end user.
The SDK was designed for companies that have existing apps or have rolled out ARkit visualization services to their customers, including home improvement retailers, furniture providers, interior designers, online home product companies and others that sell products or services for the inside of the home that require measurement.
Here’s a bit more information on how the PLNAR SDK can help your business:
- Home improvement retailers: The SDK allows for real-time consultation for DIY projects using 3-D models, which provide estimators with context for accurate quotes and allows end users better visualization and decision-making capability. The estimates for floor plans produce more granular levels of detail and context than what could be provided with tape measures, paper and pencil, as well as a superior user experience for partners and customers.
- Furniture designers: PLNAR’s SDK enables furniture to be evaluated within its 3-D capture context, empowering customers with more information in the decision-making process.
- Interior designers: The SDK provides the fastest 3-D model generation and transfer, allowing partners and their customers to move past the grueling measurement and modeling phase directly into design and consultation.
- Apps: For app, PLNAR’s SDK provides a practical use of augmented reality in the form of measurement and 3-D model generation, as opposed to simple object visualization and gaming, which currently dominate the AR industry.
- Online home product companies: The SDK solves the remote measurement problem for online companies and has the potential to transform business operations. The current model mandates that end users perform tedious and complex measurements on their own time, which can lead to high abandonment when confronted with the enormity of the task. The PLNAR SDK allows partners to create unique solutions for their customers that overcomes the complexity of traditional processes.