The launch of Upskill’s next-generation augmented reality (AR) platform, Skylight, is making large-scale AR deployments easier. In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Upskill CEO and co-founder Brian Ballard explained that a key roadblock to broader AR adoption has been the lack of development tools for easily creating content and workflows. Companies can be hesitant to spend the resources required to get up and running with an AR deployment, even knowing the benefits AR represents. The new Skylight bridges the gap between the desire to deploy and the technical skills needed to develop custom content, allowing anyone to create AR workflows.
Ballard highlights how the new Skylight’s Application Builder simplifies app creation with pre-built user interface cards that non-technical personnel can drag-and-drop to create workflows. With Skylight Connect, users can integrate their AR apps with company databases without writing a single line of code. There is also an SDK to help enterprise programmers connect to more challenging systems. Skylight Live, which adds enhanced video streaming capabilities, allows users to broadcast what they are seeing through their smart glasses to another user.
However, one of the biggest advantages of Skylight is that it is hardware agnostic. This means that enterprises have a device-neutral way to build AR applications that work across different smart glasses systems. This benefit, combined with new functionalities that require little to no programming skills, ensures users can move smoothly between headsets without having to substantially rewrite code.
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