The leading provider of augmented reality technologies and services, Nextech AR Solutions, will sponsor and offer its metaverse platform for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s XR Hackathon called ‘Reality Hack.’ The hackathon runs from March 23rd to 27th with several other well-known sponsors on board, such as Microsoft, SNAP, and Magic Leap.
The participants at the event, including thought leaders, creators, students, and technology enthusiasts, will use the company’s metaverse offering, ARitize Maps, to navigate their way around the hackathon. The platform will bring the physical and digital worlds together by providing the participants with engaging event information, immersive event updates, and indoor augmented reality wayfinding.
Additionally, the hackers will obtain access to the tech behind Nextech’s ARitize Maps platform that they can deploy to build their own exciting applications. The winners will be awarded an exclusive NFT and access to the ARitize Maps premium plan.
ARitize Maps is an easy-to-use platform that lets users map their location within minutes spatially. They can further populate it with interactive 3D objects, navigation, audio, text, images, and more. The company plans to launch with a library of preloaded 3D objects but would also allow creators to upload their own OBJ files and create their own 3D objects.
The navigation capabilities of the platform facilitate an AR wayfinding function, enabling visitors in their metaverse to navigate towards the desired destination.
The platform is currently in Beta for both iOS and Android, with the company expecting to do a commercial launch in mid-April. The new version could have additional features, such as an NFT viewer, in-app purchases, and monthly subscription plans. The platform will also debut as an SDK to allow enterprise apps to capitalize on their own user bases.
Nextech AR CEO Evan Gappelberg said, “We are very excited to sponsor this Hackathon and work with such a smart group of students and a well-regarded institution like MIT.”
“With our tech just coming to market now, we feel perfectly positioned to capitalize on the growth of spatial mapping, NFTs, 3D models, and more,” he added.
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