Singulos Research is launching the Perceptus Platform, a new technology that imbues AR with a visual understanding of real-world surroundings. This new tech aims to create compelling, accessible, and useful AR experiences. Currently, the platform is available for companies to license.
Via the Perceptus platform, AR/VR headsets, smartphones and tablets can view and comprehend 3D objects. Singulos believes this ability to identify objects and their context while users move through the real world is the beginning of a new generation of augmented reality and mixed reality applications. Furthermore, the company feels Perceptus can change how users interact with computers. According to a press release, with the Perceptus Platform, users “can now truly augment the real world.”
Dr. Brad Quinton, leader of the Perceptus team at Singulos, said, “If you’ve seen futuristic movies or concept videos from the big tech companies, you may expect that AR already provides a host of useful features, but in actuality, today’s AR lacks a visual understanding of the world around it.” According to Quinton, previously, AR was limited to passive experiences.
Perceptus makes use of a new proprietary AI approach. Via computer vision, the platform identifies tracks and understands physical objects. Perceptus offers dynamic object comprehension with this new approach, creating continuity between the real and virtual world. Additionally, the new platform processes on the edge, offering users complete control of their data. Perceptus is compatible with modern smartphones, tablets and glasses, delivering physically aware AR experiences.
AR is a market with a lot of potential growth. In September 2021, Meta, formerly Facebook, launched its first AR smart glasses. Likewise, Niantic Inc partnered with Sony to create unmatched AR experiences.
Quinton goes on to say, “To be fair, understanding objects, in real-time, is extremely challenging. In fact, that’s one reason why so much of the initial focus of the Metaverse is limited to completely virtual worlds. It’s far simpler for a computer to understand an artificial world it has created. We believe, however, that for most applications, people prefer to exist in the real world. And, we appreciate that privacy and accessibility are extremely important for making AR mainstream, which is why we incorporated all of these elements into Perceptus.”