Brief Reality: Business Uses for AR Range from Scavenger Hunts to Accurate Holographic Solutions

Business Uses for AR Range from Scavenger Hunts to Accurate Holographic Solutions

When it comes to applying augmented reality to various business functions, as the saying goes, there's more than one way to skin a cat.

When it comes to using augmented reality to communicate to customers, carmaker Genesis is opting to inform customers with their Virtual Guide. Tilly's, meanwhile, hopes to engage customers with their augmented reality scavenger hunt.

From a hardware perspective, Asus is pursuing the consumer market with its ZenFone AR, while RealView is aiming at professionals, specifically surgeons, with their HOLOSCOPE-i device.

Genesis Creates Augmented Reality Owner's Manual for Latest Models

Carmaker Genesis has released an augmented reality app for iOS and Android that replaces the traditional manual for owners of its 2017 G80 and G90 models.

With the Genesis Virtual Guide, owners can scan various areas of the car to obtain information, videos, diagrams, and other augmented reality content. For instance, scanning the engine gives owners step-by-step maintenance walkthroughs, while scanning the instrument panels and buttons inside the car give the users a description of the item.

"As a new luxury brand we continue to focus our efforts on the continually evolving customer expectations and innovations. Our mobile app strategy is designed around empowering our customers and helping them to save time and frustration. The Virtual Guide provides our owners with a new way to learn about and get to know their vehicles," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the US, via a news release.

Genesis is the luxury imprint of Hyundai, who released a similar guide in 2015 on iOS and Android that works on 2015 and 2016 Sonatas.

Tilly's Turns to Zappar for Augmented Reality Scavenger Hunt

To capitalize on the "back to school" shopping season, clothing retailer Tilly's has launched a scavenger hunt powered by Zappar's augmented reality platform.

Fittingly sponsored by JanSport, the in-store promotion is built around social media personality Shonduras. Shoppers are tasked with finding markers at in stores locations and scanning them with the Tilly's app for iOS or Android to unlock augmented reality content and to gain entries into a sweepstakes.

So, if you live near a Tilly's and a chance to win a trip to Utah, a new laptop, a $500 Tilly's shopping spree, or a Jansport backpack, download the Tilly's app for iOS or Android and get to hunting.

Asus ZenFone AR Now Available to Purchase in US

The latest Tango-enabled smart phone, the Asus ZenFone AR, is now available to order through Verizon or unlocked from Amazon and other online retail outlets.

Unveiled during I/O 2017, the ZenFone AR is the first to support Tango as well as Google's Daydream virtual reality platform. The device sports a 5.7-inch display and a smaller form factor than the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, the first Tango device released last year, along with a 23MP rear camera capable of 4K video recording and an 8MP front camera.

The ZenFone AR is the first device to support Google's Tango AR and Daydream VR platforms. Image via Asus

Verizon customers can purchase the device with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for $648, or $27 per month in 24 monthly installments. Customers on other carriers can acquire the device unlocked for $699 through Amazon, listed with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, or they can opt for a slimmed down version with 6GB RAM and 64 GB storage for $599.

RealView's HOLOSCOPE-I Gains Intel RealSense for Gesture Sensing

RealView Imaging Ltd. revealed that its HOLOSCOPE-I medical holography device will be equipped the Intel RealSense SR300-Series Camera when it is released later this year.

The HOLOSCOPE-i displays 3D interference-based holograms in free space, which surgeons can manipulate with hand gestures. The RealSense component will enable for precise recognition of these gestures.

"Since our customers demand millimeter accuracy and very low latency for the interventional procedures, it is crucial for us to provide them with these useful, accurate and fast tools, based on the RealSense depth camera which we found to be the most advanced depth sensing technology out there today," said Aviad Kaufman, RealView's CEO, in a news release.

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Cover image Genesis PR Newswire

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