Xmas ARchy: AR Portal

Program-Ace created a corporate augmented reality portal to make a New Year present for their community.

Background Info

It was just one month before the Christmas day and we had already known that we wanted to make something beautiful to say thank you to all our customers, partners, and friends, and wish them happy holidays. We started working on the project called Xmas ARchy which is just a modification of our corporate ARchy the Rabbit project, an augmented reality application.

With Xmas Archy, the idea was to design an augmented reality portal application that could take a user on an exciting interactive journey. Having built our own corporate AR portal, we are able to improve the customer services and communication that we value.

Our artists worked on creating magic-like experience which you can feel as you enter the AR portal. The application is filled with a lot of visual effects and animations which all give a festive mood and atmosphere to a user. The secret of the AR portal is not only that you can enter the portal and see the whole virtual world around you, you can also walk around and explore the AR environment.

Business Challenges

1
User Experience
The idea was to create an AR portal that people can experience and feel like a magical reality. Using only a camera on your mobile device you can explore the combined environment of AR and reality.
2
Technical Performance
Xmas ARchy application requires some resources and device capacity to run this app. Using ARKit and ARCore technologies we were able to deliver a quick and responsive AR portal for both latest platforms.
3
Proof of Concept
The AR portal ARchy is oriented at exploring the market potential and contributing to our AR portfolio since it’s our first AR portal. It can be modified and reshaped to meet client requirements.

Approach and Solution

Since our team has certified Unity developers and a great experience building application with Unity, this powerful game development engine was an obvious choice for us. The challenge was to place a static portal which a user can walk into and see a celebration and congratulation scene with an animated explorable environment.

Another challenge was to avoid any markers to render the portal. It was achieved thanks to ARKit & ARCore technology which allowed us to stick to a markerless AR approach. With a set of tailor-made animations, graphics, objects and backgrounds, Xmas ARchy came to life.

We build this AR portal app not only to greet our clients, partners, friends and other people but also to show that AR portals can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, AR portals can be handy when showcasing room designs, cars, houses or other objects and properties from home. This technology can become a virtual showcasing assistant or can even be used for medical purposes such as treating claustrophobia, acrophobia, etc.

Technical Information

The application is created for iOS and Android devices which support ARKit and ARCore. It took 140 hours to deliver the complete application with the team of two developers, two artists, one animator, and one QA expert.
Visual Studio Maya

Audience

As a concept, Xmas Archy, an augmented reality application, is focused on a broad audience from kids to adults.
Media & Entertainment
Education
Education
Politial activists
Marketing & Advertising
Gamers
Gaming

Value Delivered

Xmas ARchy has already received a positive feedback of our test and real audience.
  1. We made people smile and enjoy AR. Nothing can be more valuable than seeing other people smile. It’s the greatest reward for our Christmas present.
  2. Xmas ARchy helped us challenge ourselves to create an AR portal which has become our first step towards AR portal development niche.
  3. Program-Ace developers got an opportunity to diversify their expertise and knowledge to tackle other AR related challenges more effectively.
  4. Our Xmas ARchy video has already been watched over 350 times getting 45 likes. You can check it down below too. And don’t forget to try the app yourself! :)

Xmas ARchy AR Portal - Demo Reel

IAOP
Clutch AR/VR
Clutch B2B
Unity Certified
ETSA
EBA
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