Saturday, 6 September 2014

skignz Augmented Reality

If you're at all interested in augmented reality:

skignz the planet!
What's life without a few
modest ambitions?
skignz - at www.skignz.com - is a free to use augmented reality system which I started writing about two and half years ago.

It wasn't called skignz back then. I called it ardfark.com .. Yes. Well. Moving on ...

About 2 years ago, while trying to rescue a very dull SEO company, I invited an old colleague over to get his thoughts on raising funds for said SEO Co.

We both came to the conclusion it was a dead duck and we ended up talking about my ideas for this AR system. I showed him my little test app on my dodgy old Galaxy Android which showed a couple of objects floating in mid air to the North.
Basically you turned the camera on and saw the objects projected into the real world. A table top, a crate and a pyramid. It was pretty basic but demonstrated the idea quite effectively.

I talked about building a system that was free to use and the content would be provided by anyone. The ultimate goal in the far future being a parallel world around us where, using your smartphone or tablet, you'd see an alternate reality, people's avatars, alternate building design and so on.

Si, for that is his name, got pretty excited about it and started chucking in thoughts of his own. It turned out he'd done a whole load of work on Virtual Reality stuff in the past.

After some animated discussions and exchange of ideas we came to the conclusion that this was far more interesting than what we were doing at that moment and devised a plan.
This is the mess I've made outside my
home with lots of test skignz

The possibilities are infinite and we knew we'd have to focus on one thing at a time.

So we decided to make the signs, signs in the sky, the priority. Virtual signage that could be placed anywhere on the planet, viewed via a smartphone or tablet's screen and touched to do something like call a web page or dial a phone number.

skignz were born. And so was skignz Limited. skignz, by the way, is pronounced sky-nz to rhyme with designs.

With me as the technical dude and Si as the marketing dude we've survived off small projects - most notably skignzing up Teesside University Campus - while developing skignz further. It now even supports fully textured Wavefront OBJ files so you can tell what that wind farm full of 60 metre wind turbines will look like on your front lawn, or how that new proposed building will look on that brownfield site.

But the dream of letting people upload their own designs is still strong within us. We want to hold up out iPhones and Androids and see skignz over Machu Picchu, the Washington Monument, Stonehenge or even following people round. And it's mostly all there. All possible.

We want to see skignz full of info, full of art, enabling commerce, telling jokes, useful and fun. All completely free.

But we need support.

So we started a KickStarter campaign. http://gb4.eu/Go is where you'll find us.

We'd really appreciate some help so if you know of anyone who'd support us it would be great if you could pass this on.
And if you look through the skignz
 app and see this you'll know I'm
close by as this skign is permanently over my head.

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