App Allows Objects in 2-D Drawings to Be Viewed in 3-D

By Judy Schriener
Published in Construction Executive Tech Trends

A new app is in the works that will allow multiple people to view objects in 2-D drawings in 3-D, complete with 360-degree perspectives. JB Knowledge in Bryan/College Station, Texas, has created the augmented reality app for iPhones, iPads and Androids called SmartReality that recognizes objects in drawings and allows them to be viewed as 3-D objects. Touching the image on the device changes it from an outer view to an inner view; by moving the device around, all sides of the object can be viewed in simulated 3-D.

Smart Reality is in beta and will be commercially available for sale by the end of the year, according to JB Knowledge President and Co-Founder James Benham, who demonstrated the app at the AEC Hackathon. He intends to go against the common practice of charging by the user and instead charge by the project, thereby encouraging more stakeholders to get involved earlier in the process. “Charging by the user is not sustainable; there are so many users in pre-construction,” he says…

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