“Whether for AR or robots, anytime you’ve software program interacting with the world, it wants a 3D mannequin of the globe. We assume that map will look much more just like the decentralized web than a model of Apple Maps or Google Maps.” That’s the concept behind new startup Fantasmo, based on co-founder Jameson Detweiler. Coming out of stealth right now, Fantasmo desires to let any developer contribute to and draw from a sub-centimeter accuracy map for robotic navigation or anchoring AR experiences.
Fantasmo plans to launch a free Camera Positioning Standard (CPS) that builders can use to gather and arrange 3D mapping knowledge. The startup will cost for business entry and premium options in its TerraOS, an open-sourced working system that helps property homeowners hold their maps updated and provide them to be used by robots, AR and different software program outfitted with Fantasmo’s SDK.
With $2 million in funding led by TenOneTen Ventures, Fantasmo is now accepting builders and property homeowners to its personal beta.
Directly competing with Google’s personal Visual Positioning System is an audacious transfer. Fantasmo is betting that personal property homeowners gained’t need massive companies snooping round to map their indoor areas, and as an alternative will need to retain management of this knowledge to allow them to dictate the way it’s used. With Fantasmo, they’ll have the ability to map areas themselves and select the place robots can roam or if the following Pokémon GO will be performed there.
“Only Apple, Google, and HERE Maps need this centralized. If this knowledge sits on one of many massive tech firm’s servers, they might mainly spy on anybody at any time,” says Detweiler. The prospect will get scarier whenever you think about everybody carrying camera-equipped AR glasses sooner or later. “The AR cloud on a central server is Big Brother. It’s the end of privacy.”
Detweiler and his co-founder Dr. Ryan Measel first had the spark for Fantasmo as greatest mates at Drexel University. “We need to build Pokémon in real life! That was the genesis of the company,” says Detweiler. In the meantime he based and bought LaunchRock, a 500 Startups firm for creating “Coming Soon” sign-up pages for web providers.
After Measel completed his PhD, the pair began Fantasmo Studios to construct augmented actuality video games like Trash Collectors From Space, which they took via the Techstars accelerator in 2015. “Trash Collectors was the first time we actually created a spatial map and used that to sync multiple people’s precise position up,” says Detweiler. But whereas…