Build apps that map, share and persist 3D content
Build cross-platform mixed reality applications with spatial context
Build rich immersive 3D applications and experiences more easily that map, persist and restore 3D content or points of interest at real-world scale.
Persist and share 3D content
Accelerate mixed-reality app development by eliminating the difficult task of creating and restoring persistent, accurate digital anchors
Operate at real-world scale
Spatial Anchors has a proven ability to operate at global scale, persisting and restoring millions of 3D objects
With the security and reliability of Azure
Ensure that your 3D content is rendering safely and reliably by leveraging Azure, the world’s computer
Contextually integrate IoT data
Connect your digital business data to your real-world workflows in facility management, manufacturing and retail. Put real-time data at the fingertips of your employees, enabling them to make better, faster and more informed decisions.
Create massive multi-player games in the real world
Bring the best of mobile gaming and mixed reality together. Spatial Anchors enables players to find nearby content, share and play mixed reality experiences in a real-world location, and persist games and puzzles for discovery on later days, weeks or months. Build experiences such as Minecraft Earth, holographic scavenger hunts or digital escape room puzzles.
Enable collaborative experiences across platforms
Share mixed reality content on all the devices that work best for your solution, for scenarios such as training and design review. 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.
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 Spatial Anchors, you have all of these capabilities at your fingertips. Watch them come together in a common scenario – architecture design review.
Build on a secure foundation
- Give employees at your company direct access to Spatial Anchors with Azure Active Directory.
- 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.
Get started today
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Documentation, training and resources
Get started with building apps with step-by-step guidance from Microsoft Learn.
Start using Spatial Anchors with our documentation.
Explore reference architectures, example scenarios and common workloads on Azure.
Trusted by companies of all sizes
"Spatial Anchors is the next step in the digital transformation of the AEC industry, where physical and digital assets co-exist. This technology enables a device-agnostic approach to mixed reality and supports integrated design, where all project stakeholders can access the right data at the right time across project phases. The spatial awareness and level of accuracy can help our AEC customers access task-driven, trade-specific 3D data in context, supporting a more transparent construction process, with improved productivity, quality, and safety."Aviad Almagor, Director, Mixed Reality Program, Trimble Inc.
"Spatial Anchors allows RemoteSpark to place digital assets, like animated holograms or PDF files, in a physical space so when the remote worker puts on a HoloLens, they can see what data is associated with their location or physical object. It truly unlocks the potential of mixing your digital knowledge with the physical world to help perform tasks quicker and with greater accuracy."Ryan Groom, Co-Founder & CTO, Kognitiv Spark
"We can reach more students, educators and families by uniting our experiences across mobile and HoloLens devices. With Spatial Anchors' cross-platform support, we can bring our curriculum to life in 3D and share it with everyone."Jeff Mlakar, Assistant Director of Visualisation, Interactive Commons, Case Western Reserve University
Frequently asked questions about 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 Spatial Anchors, you can add anchor persistence and permissions, and then connect anchors in your application so that your users can find nearby content.
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.