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Create multi-user, spatially aware mixed reality experiences
Build cross-platform mixed reality applications with spatial context
Create mixed reality apps that map, designate and recall precise points of interest that are accessible across HoloLens, iOS and Android devices. Enable wayfinding across spaces to help your users collaborate more efficiently.
Add context to the real world
Provide your users a better understanding of their data, where they need it and when they need it, by placing and connecting your digital content to physical points of interest.
Share holograms across devices
Accelerate decisions and results by bringing 3D to your team and customers on the device of their choice.
Infuse AI and protect your apps
Do more with your solution by integrating IoT services and artificial intelligence, and protect sensitive data with enterprise-grade security from Azure.
See how it works
Build multi-user, cross-platform apps. Create persistent spatial anchors in the real world and attach digital content to those anchors. Enable wayfinding. With Azure Spatial Anchors, you have all of these capabilities at your fingertips. Watch them come together in a common scenario – architecture design review.
Build apps that use your world as a canvas
Map your space and connect points of interest to create wayfinding experiences, and place shareable, location-based holograms with no environmental setup or QR codes required.
Create collaborative experiences across platforms
Share mixed reality content in a real-world location and return to it on an ongoing basis for scenarios such as training and design review – all on the devices that work best for your solution. Azure Spatial Anchors supports HoloLens devices, ARKit-enabled iOS devices and ARCore-enabled Android devices. Build your apps using Unity or your favourite native SDK for the devices you choose to support.
Infuse AI and integrate IoT data
Accelerate your mixed reality development with pre-built cloud integrations for managing identity, storage, security and analytics. Easily infuse artificial intelligence (AI) and integrate IoT services to visualise data from IoT sensors as holograms.
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Build mixed reality and IoT solutions that streamline operations
Accessing facilities data can be difficult in complex and active environments such as industrial facilities and large spaces (hotels, conference halls etc.). This scenario, built on Azure Spatial Anchors and Azure Digital Twins, shows how you can visualise a virtual replica of your physical space with real-time data in the context of your environment. It provides a guide for improving uptime and operations in hospitality, manufacturing, retail and more.
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Build on a secure foundation
- Give employees at your company direct access to Spatial Anchors with Azure Active Directory (AD).
- Assign various levels of access to users or services for your Spatial Anchors accounts with built-in Azure AD Role-Based Access Control.
- Create fully isolated Spatial Anchors accounts to keep your spatial data secure and control access to it.
- Protect data while it’s in use with Azure confidential computing.
- Monitor workloads and find and fix vulnerabilities with Azure Security Center.
- Safeguard data against ransomware with Azure Backup.
Frequently asked questions about Azure Spatial Anchors
Mixed reality is the result of blending the physical world with the digital world. It adds interactive holograms to your real environment. Holograms are objects made of light and sound that appear in the world around you and obscure what’s behind them as if they’re real. Using artificial intelligence, holograms in mixed reality respond to commands and interact with real-world surfaces in real time.
Across augmented reality (AR) platforms, “anchors” are a common frame of reference for enabling multiple users to place digital content in the same physical location, where it can be seen on different devices in the same position and orientation relative to the environment. With Azure Spatial Anchors, you can add anchor persistence and permissions, and then connect anchors in your application so that your users can find nearby content.
Azure Spatial Anchors supports all HoloLens devices. Today, we offer documentation support for HoloLens Development Edition and HoloLens Commercial Suite, and documentation for HoloLens 2 is coming soon. You can also use this service in apps running on iOS-based devices supporting ARKit, and Android-based devices supporting ARCore.
This service is free during public preview. We will announce pricing at a later date. For more information, and to stay up to date, visit our pricing page.