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Edgybees develops augmented reality, 3D mapping solution for militaries

19 August 2018

Key Points

  • Edgybees is offering its augmented reality and 3D mapping solution to militaries
  • The solution can help armed forces quickly highlight critical infrastructure

A Silicon Valley-based company is offering its augmented reality and 3D mapping solution to militaries to help them add context to complicated visual content.

Edgybees’ engine uses information gathered from real-world sensors and other devices, such as cameras, GPS, or inertial measurement units (IMU) to create reliable and credible reconstruction of a device’s motion in 3D. It further provides lighting that corresponds to the scene and, in conjunction with cloud-based sources, representations of obstacles and other objects with easily viewed neon colours, according to the company’s website.

Edgybees uses augmented reality and 3D mapping to add a layer to video footage that can point out pieces of critical infrastructure and more. (Edgybees)Edgybees uses augmented reality and 3D mapping to add a layer to video footage that can point out pieces of critical infrastructure and more. (Edgybees)

Adam Kaplan, Edgybees CEO and co-founder, told Jane’s on 16 August that first responders such as firefighters and police started using Edgybees’ software with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to identify key personnel and direct routes. He said the company sort of stumbled into the Pentagon world when the US military saw Edgybees’ solution of real-time augmented reality over full-motion video (FMV) and saw that it could provide situational awareness from an aircraft, helicopter, or UAV.

“In a world where there are cameras everywhere, we allow people to collaborate using video, rather than collaborating via two-way radio or those types of communications,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan said Edgybees has sold its product to the Pentagon and foreign militaries, but he declined to say which Pentagon agency.

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