App Description

Smart AR Home is an app made from a dream of being able to look at the things and control them. It is an app that connects the world of smart home automations with the augmented reality.

 

Smart AR Home supports currently Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue devices. There is also demo mode with fake devices for those who don't have any of these smart devices but still want to try the app. More platforms and device types are coming soon.

 

Simple three steps setup lets the users connect their home in seconds. Step one is to choose the platform to integrate with, like Philips Hue lights or Samsung SmartThings. Step two is to choose synchronization point in your home to align the devices with. All itís needed is a flat picture on the wall. User is guided in this process with a help of feature points displayed on the screen. Last step is to place virtual devices in your home with the help of the augmented reality. User is now ready to walk in the house and interact with the devices in augmented reality view.

 

Besides augmented reality view, user can also interact with the devices in the isometric 3D view.† 3D view is perfect for remote control. User can switch between the views any time.

 

  

Synchronization Point

Synchronization point is a flat image on the wall that the app will remember and will use every time user restart the app to align the devices in the AR view. As long as the used image won't move, the devices will stay in their positions. Synchronization Point is not needed for the 3d view.

 

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Is it better than smart speaker?

It depends of the scenario. We believe that smart speakers are great to perform simple actions, like what's the time, turn on the light, what's the weather. When it comes however to customizations, they become annoying. Setting the light dimmer, lowering the blinds, adjusting volume in the speaker or finding that nice song on our favorite playlist, in all of these scenarios we would wish we could look at the device and set it the way we like. These type of scenarios fits the most to the Smart AR Home app vision and on these we are focusing the most.

 

 

Privacy

Privacy is also well protected as we are not sharing or sending any of the user data out of the user phone. For the same reason if the app is uninstalled or synchronization point is removed, the setup has to be done again. Because home setup is stored privately only on the user device, we don't support sharing house setup with more than one device.

 

 

Fact Sheet

         Name: Smart AR Home

         Genre: House Automation, Augmented Reality

         Supported platforms: all Android devices supporting ARCore, all iOS devices supporting ARKit

         iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1344696207

         Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SmartARHome

         Price: free

 

Features

         Integrates with Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue Lights

         Allows to place virtual switches in the augmented reality

         Virtual switches are saved and loaded on app restart using synchronization point

         Virtual switches are turning on/off the lights. Dimming is also supported

         Remote control (also called 3D View) is used when user donít want to use augmented reality experience

         In the Augmented Reality view user can also generate his home structure sketch which is used in the remote control (3D View)

 

Videos

App teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVR9qmNkVcw

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Hue Lights quick setup:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhwI0QWUksI

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Screenshots and icons

 

 

Download screenshots, logos and icons in full resolution: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AthQyMIY2vyyq8czDQ-gYRMT6Wodsg

 

 

Development

The app development started somewhere in September 2017 when first beta version of ARCore was released. The first few months were used to integrate ARCore and ARKit with OpenCV image processing library. The constant changes to ARCore and ARKit libraries introduced a lot of changes but eventually stable solution was achieved.

Initial app version was using ArUco markers instead of pattern recognition. Markers showed slightly better tracking results but from the initial customer signals we understood that printing markers and keeping it at home will cause significant problem and will discourage users from using the app. We also assumed that sooner or later there ARCore and ARKit will provide some sort of cloud anchor service, like itís available today.

Last months were invested into integration with SmartThings, Hue and TP-Link light switches. Based of the user feedback, we also spent some time on building home reconstruction for remote control view using horizontal and vertical planes.

The first app version was released in April 2018.

App is created using Unity 3D and it wraps in a generic way ARCore and ARKit APIs so the same code can be used for both platforms.

 

Selected Articles and Reviews

-          VRScout: https://vrscout.com/news/smart-home-devices-in-ar/

-          Next Reality: https://mobile-ar.reality.news/news/app-lets-you-control-your-smarthome-lights-via-augmented-reality-0185743/

-          MoguraVR: https://www.moguravr.com/smart-ar-home/

-          MSN included Gizmodo's article about Smart AR Home app: http://a.msn.com/01/ja-jp/AAzAO7Q

About Binary Banana LLC

Binary Banana is a studio created to build what we love the most. Supported with many years of professional development, over a decade of hands-on experience and too many hours of admiring someoneís else work, we are convinced that we have the right team, right skills and sufficient knowledge to redefine industry. Please visit our home page to learn more about our previous projects: http://binarybanana.com

 

 

Contact

-          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BinaryBanana/

-          Twitter: https://twitter.com/BinaryBanana

-          Company page: http://binarybanana.com

-          Smart AR Home page: http://smartarhome.com

-          Email: contact@binarybanana.com

 

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