Introduction

Welcome to Placenote SDK

With Placenote, developers can build spatial apps that let users interact with their surroundings, using just their phones or tablets.

Supported Devices: iOS (iPhone and iPad) Supported Dev Tools: Unity3D and Xcode (Swift) Android is not currently supported but will be coming soon.

What is a Spatial App?

Spatial apps are broadly defined as any application that uses the "space" around the user as the user interface. Augmented reality plays a big role in spatial apps because spatial interfaces often involve displaying 3D data around the user. Some examples of spatial apps are:

  • Leaving virtual sticky notes around your home

  • Indoor navigation for employees in an office.

  • Sending a 3D model of your home to an interior designer

Building spatial apps like these require developers to integrate a world mapping library, a cloud infrastructure to share maps and a digital asset backend to share AR content and data between devices. This is a huge effort, even for experience spatial app developers.

At Placenote, we believe spatial computing should be for everyone. That's why Placenote SDK abstracts and manages all of the above steps for developers, so you can get your app up and running in days, rather than weeks.

Why use Placenote?

Placenote's computer vision technology transforms any mobile device into a tool to scan and interact with a user's surroundings.

Unlike ARKit, Placenote's mapping and localization platform is lightning fast, open source, highly customizable and tightly integrated with a cloud mapping infrastructure that makes it the easiest way to build and deploy spatial apps on iOS. (with cross-platform Android support coming soon)

Additionally, Placenote is the only SDK that ships with a variety of open-source sample projects that give developers a fully functional starting point for their apps.

How does Placenote work?

Placenote does not need GPS, markers or beacons for position tracking. Instead, it lets users dynamically scan any space and turn it into a trackable map for positioning digital content. No infrastructure needed.

  1. Users scan their surroundings with their phone camera to capture a 3D map.

  2. Once mapped, any digital content placed in the area will be saved, to reload or share with others.

  3. Placenote makes it easy for developers to deploy AR apps on a cloud platform purpose-built for 3D map management and sharing.

  4. Placenote includes a variety of sample apps and a simulator to help reduce development time.

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