February 4, 2022 – Nextech AR Solutions Corp., a provider of augmented reality (AR) experience technologies and services, has this week announced the launch of its beta metaverse app, ‘ARitize Maps’. According to the company, the app is an “all-in-one metaverse creation studio”, providing an end-to-end “metaverse mapping” solution for consumers and brands.
The beta ARitize Maps app will be available for free on both iOS and Android. The app will allow users to spatially map their location within minutes and populate it with interactive 3D objects, navigation, wayfinding, audio, text, images and more. Nextech stated that it will provide a number of created and pre-loaded 3D objects, and creators will also be able to upload their own OBJ files and create their own 3D objects to populate their spaces with augmented reality content.
A navigation feature will allow users to map out a 50 sq/meter area and include wayfinding features in order to direct any visitors in the mapped area to a desired location or object. Users can publish and share their mapped spaces for others to experience while in the location.
Currently, the app is available as a free download with no in-app purchases and provides an unlimited number of maps for the first month; however when the app is released, the company stated that it will contain in-app purchases and monthly subscription plans.
According to Nextech, its ARitize Maps app has a range of use cases for augmenting physical spaces, including for use at universities, trade shows, retail and shopping centers, office buildings, transport, public spaces, homes and more. For example: conference attendees could use the app to wayfind to a specific booth; trade show presenters might upload their product into the app to show prospective buyers their product in 3D instead of bringing it physically; retail stores might offer exclusive sales to users that can only be accessed through the app; hotels or Airbnb providers may leave detailed 3D audio and video instructions instead of having a physical book.
Nextech believes that the app will help open its 3D/AR technology solutions to new markets, both for personal and professional use, and could also provide a potential large additional revenue stream to the company.
Evan Gappelberg, CEO at Nextech AR, commented: “We are experiencing a huge wave of new, global interest and demand for everything related to 3D/AR and the Metaverse. 2022 is just the beginning for 3D demand and I believe this demand for everything 3D- and Metaverse-related will only continue to grow. We are at the forefront of a digital transformation, where artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and 3D/AR will become dominant, disruptive technologies across many industries. We are gratified to be a part of this global transformation and excited to launch what we believe is the first end-to-end metaverse mapping solution – which is really an all-in-one metaverse creation studio for consumers, brands, and businesses. The Metaverse is our collective future, and with this launch Nextech AR is bringing the exciting Metaverse to the market today with ARitize Maps!”
For more information on Nextech and its augmented reality solutions for consumers and brands, please visit the company’s website.
Image / video credit: Nextech AR Solutions / YouTube
About the author
Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he has been covering XR industry news for the past seven years.