We have been working hard on our new 3D tracking technology and we prepared amazing demonstrations during the last few months. Some of them were presented at AWE 2013 in Silicon Valley last June. You probably remember the Augmented Reality application to support ordinary maintenance operations on car engines. Now we have decided to turn this demo into a real App and platform. “I-Mechanic” is the name of this project.
Why a crowdfunding campaign?
When we started working on this idea we just wanted to create a demo of our 3D tracking technology. The choice was quite straightforward as we were already used to AR-enabled maintenance of machinery and systems. The publication of the video created a lot of buzz both online and offline. By the way, we did not expect so much interest in the application, and for this reason we had not allocated resources to its development.
Now, based on the amount of requests and feedback we had from the media and users we thought well to ask users themselves to directly support us in this development. For this reason we have opted for a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, one of the most important crowdfunding platforms out there:
What is I-Mechanic?
Car engines and equipment can be a totally unknown universe for many of us. Even if you are a longtime driver with your hands on a new car, you might not know where in the engine the most relevant parts are exactly located. Not to say when you have little or no experience at all and you are finding yourself in the middle of nowhere in need of help on how to refill your engine coolant. With the “I-Mechanic” mobile application, based on an innovative computer vision 3D tracking software, anyone will be able to contextually access the instructions required to maintain their car, where is needed when is needed. I-Mechanic is designed to
- support users n ordinary maintenance operations of your car using the smartphone as an intelligent eye that will make you an expert in car repair
- provide users with useful information on closest auto repair and parts stores
- provide auto repair stores and related businesses with the opportunity to reach users in a more effective and contextual way.
Easy to use Application
Simply place the mobile camera in front of your car engine to let the app disclose all the relevant information about the parts and procedures on the smartphone display.
Once you have selected the part of interest, information regarding the relevant maintenance and/or repair operations will be prompted through an intuitive and natural Augmented Reality interface. This information will provide real time 3D instructions on how to perform the selected repair task. Once you’ve understood how to perform a task by means of the device you can keep your hands free and solve the problem.
Join the campaign and Contribute
We invite you to join us in our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and make a contribution. With your help we are going to make this happen. http://bit.ly/15jRfjt
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