Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. announced today that SmartCam3D View, an augmented reality (AR) app for small drones is available on the Apple App store. As an introductory offer SmartCam3D View is free for a limited time. The app uses augmented reality to blend place markers onto video.
SmartCam3D View is easy to use. Before a flight, the pilot adds points of interest to the map view with one touch. The points may be named and shared via email. During flight, points show as AR overlays in the correct geographic location on the video.
Augmented reality has recently gained fame and is in found in a variety of cell phone apps from games like Pokemon Go to apps for makeup application. Beyond the phone apps, flying with AR has real benefit for drone pilots, including:
1. Avoid becoming lost - Follow way points in the video and see an icon for home base.
2. Find things - AR points show the location of any item added to the map.
3. Visible no-fly zones- Add marks for hazards such as trees, power lines or other areas to avoid.
With SmartCam3D View the pilot can use the video view for most of the flight and maintain location awareness. AR is a good safety feature it also makes the video more interesting by adding, location names or other information the video becomes more useful and entertaining.
Who needs AR on their drone?
Everyone. This technology is useful for everyone from hobby fliers to public safety officials. Here are a few examples:
Hobby fliers- add points for flight boundaries, items in the view, trails and other notes.
Filmmakers- place points to show the location and camera direction for a scene.
Search and rescue teams – add a point for last known location of a missing person or add boundaries for a grid search.
Public safety – add points for a residence, command post location or hazardous materials
Growers – Points for field boundaries for crop areas require additional attention.
SmartCam3D View runs on iOS devices and is compatible with the following DJI platforms: DJI Phantom 3, Phantom 4 and Inspire.