May 29, 2019 – BadVR has today announced the first public showcase of ‘SeeSignal’, an AR app for visualizing Wi-Fi, cellular, and Bluetooth signals. The app, available on Magic Leap headsets, allows people to view, analyze, and interact with the layers of digital signal data around them, and is expected to help with the discovery, planning, and improvement of next-generation wireless systems within homes and offices.
SeeSignal addresses challenges faced by mobile network operators deploying 5G and IoT. Complex coverage and antenna placement issues are now solved in real-time, using an augmented reality interface.
“The era of 2D data has ended. With SeeSignal, the paradigm has shifted and data is now fully immersive, interactive, and contextual,” said Suzanne Borders, CEO & Founder of BadVR. “The BadVR team is honored to partner with Magic Leap to announce SeeSignal and we look forward to building innovative data tools for the Magicverse.”
BadVR developed the app in partnership with Magic Leap’s Independent Creator Program Grant, releasing it via Magic Leap World this summer. The first public demonstration will take place at Augmented World Expo (AWE2019) in Santa Clara, CA this week.
“Magic Leap’s Independent Creator Program was designed to assist developers in building and launching groundbreaking spatial computing experiences, and BadVR’s enterprise-focused SeeSignal app is a prime example,” said Rio Caraeff, Chief Content Officer at Magic Leap. “Together, we’re defining the next generation of computing, and valued partners such as BadVR play an important role in demonstrating the innovative new ways in which businesses and consumers can interact with digital content.”
Editor’s update, May 31st – Whilst speaking with BadVR at their booth at AWE2019, it was expressed that the implications for this technology extend far beyond just the visualization of network signals. Other uses that the company has been approached about include for the visualization of natural gas using natural gas sensors attached to a headset as just one example. By making big data more accessible, people and companies can discover and identify hidden problems and opportunities, as well as make better decisions. Applications such as SeeSignal, according to BadVR, allow people to – quite literally – ‘step inside their data.’
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