Augmented reality has a lot of uses in the real world. From videogames like Pokemon GO to a HoloLens-powered piano tutor, adding virtual data to the real world is a great way to enhance an experience or task. One of the more unique implementations of augmented reality has been the Cubit, built for the maker and design communities from a company called Plott.
Earlier in the week, we got to speak to the company about their Carta product, which allows someone to create a virtual landmark mapping. But, that technology is designed for a larger scale. For those of us who work in smaller scales - wall art, TV studios, and the like, another augmented reality tool exists - the Cubit. This device looks similar to a tape measure, and serves an equally similar purpose, while working differently.
You use the connected app to mark out your space. Let's assume you're working on hanging a number of pictures on a hallway wall. You would make out the wall's dimensions using the camera on your phone. Once you have that, you photograph the pieces you want to incorporate into your design and ensure their proper dimensions and location of hanging points. Now you can virtually place these pieces onto your wall and see what they will look like in augmented reality.
While that is impressive in itself, the real magic comes when Cubit is added to the mix. Once your wall's layout is complete, placing Cubit on the wall will act as a GPS for your nails. The Cubit screen will point you to the correct location to place a nail or screw to hang each individual item on that wall. In our example, each photo frame will have a hanging point and Cubit will direct you to the exact location to hang that frame.
The Plott Cubit is available now for $99. To learn more about Plott and their product line, check out their website.
Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and Christopher Jordan of The Talking Sound.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.