Object Anchors Preview
A mixed reality service that automatically aligns and anchors 3D content to objects in the physical world
Build immersive mixed reality experiences
Azure Object Anchors is a mixed reality service that helps you create rich, immersive experiences by automatically aligning 3D content with physical objects. Gain contextual understanding of objects without the need for markers or manual alignment. Save significant touch labor, reduce alignment errors, and improve user experiences by building mixed reality applications with Object Anchors.
Automatic alignment of 3D content with physical objects expedites creation of guides and instructions
Real-time markerless 3D content alignment creates efficiencies
Reduction in alignment errors saves costs
Use of existing 3D models makes it easy to get started
Simplify training development
Create mixed reality training experiences for your employees without the need to place markers or manually ensure hologram alignment. Simply ingest your models into Object Anchors to save time and focus on creating next-generation training materials.
Guide your employees step by step
Simplify the process of walking employees through a set of tasks by using mixed reality services. Easily overlay content on a physical object—such as a piece of machinery on a factory floor or an object in the warehouse—to assist your employees in successfully completing their tasks with fewer errors.
Streamline 3D visual inspections
Use existing 3D models of objects in your physical space to locate and track instances of that object in any environment. Quickly perform a visual inspection of the object with digital content overlaid for maintenance, repair, or compliance.
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Object Anchors preview is free
There's no cost to use this service during preview. This allows us to learn from customers and make improvements to provide the best experience.
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"Object Anchors enables technicians to service vehicles more quickly. With dynamic 3D model alignment, it has removed the need for QR codes, eliminated the risk of manual model alignment error, making maintenance procedures more efficient."Koichi Kayano, Project Manager Technical Service Division, Toyota
"During prototyping phases of CAE VimedixAR ultrasound simulator, Object Anchors enabled automatic calibration of holograms without need for markers or manual alignment. Healthcare students can spend more time on the content with simplified user flows."Etienne Nadeau, Software Manager, CAE Healthcare
Frequently asked questions about Azure Object Anchors Preview
With Object Anchors, you can locate and align 3D content to physical objects without the need for markers or manual alignment. This plays a critical role in developing mixed reality guides and training as well as in 3D inspections.
Anyone who wants to align 3D content to physical objects within immersive experiences. For example, a company, Contoso, currently provides a mixed reality experience to guide workers through the task of repairing a coffee machine. The user must manually drag and align the asset on top of the machine. With Object Anchors, the machine and its associated parts are automatically detected, and alignment occurs without manual intervention, saving valuable time and reducing errors.
Traditionally, marking and tracking physical assets in a mixed reality world requires a user to lay down QR codes so that a device can easily find what it's seeking. Azure Object Anchors eliminates the need to manually drag and mark assets in the correct spot by relying on algorithms to perform these tasks.
During the preview, Azure Object Anchors currently supports HoloLens 2.