The founder of Showaround, Xin Wang, an industrial engineer, had experiences working in the fields of Modeling and Simulation, 3D Scanning and Printing. One day, he realized that there was no any simple way to create a 360° view around an object when he just tried using a panorama app to do the job. 3D models had been used anywhere efficiently and popularly, but why crowds were still capturing the most things in flat? After a brainstorm and research, Xin began to teach himself coding mobile apps and transform his knowledge into a mobile solution for creating and applying Interactive 360° Object Visualization.
We are the Showaround team, and our mission is simple: give the market a simple, cost-effective, DIY mobile solution for creating and applying Interactive 360° Object Visualization for commercial uses. This representatives a hugely beneficial alternative to paying for equipment and studios.
We recognize that 360° views have become more and more crucial for online platforms in today’s world. However, the cost for the special equipment and professional studios necessary to create these views is still outlandishly high. That’s why we at Showaround have committed ourselves to developing this technology. We want to enable users to capture a multi-angle view of an object or a product using just a smartphone device and then integrate the view easily and without hassle.
Our aim is to help people use our technology by developing a pre-built app and licensing SDK(capturing, processing and playing) in addition to offering a library of 360° views collected and built from our service. Currently, we're concentrating on the pre-built app, which is the easiest and fastest method for using our technology.
Current State Of 360° Image Creation
How Showaround Works
With our platform, you can use your camera to capture hundreds of images in rapid succession and combine the images into a smart 360° image. We then take that data and transform it into an interactive dynamic image that you can view on your smartphone, computer, or tablet.
As you navigate the perimeter of an object or a product, our technology uses your smartphone’s camera to capture the depth and consistency of the item. We then extract that data in order to track the trajectory, stabilize the motion, and model the object, transforming flat images into 3D. Our optimized algorithm makes it possible to do all this right on your smartphone.
Users can take as many 360° images as they want, saving them all to the storage on the smartphone. Alternatively, they can sign up to cloud360 and upload 360° images to our servers, generating embedding code and integrating the 360° images with their platforms for their projects. Users are allowed to upload 10 360° images to cloud360 and continue to use them as a free trial for 30 days. After that, users need to choose one of the monthly subscription plans in order to store 360° images on our servers and keep their embedded players alive.
Many e-commerce websites and various social media platforms use flat images to display a product or an object. There is a gap in the market for a multi-angle, accessible, and cost-effective way to capture and view objects and products in 360°. We want to fill that gap.
E-commerce and social media sites like Amazon, eBay, and Facebook are also looking to shift away from flat content to dynamic content in order to optimize their sales pages.
Who We Serve
What We Have Done
We have built the initial technology engine and the back system, as well as a demo iOS app called "Capture 360," which is still under testing and improving. The demo app is integrated with our initial technical engine and connected to our back system. The following is the App Store link:
The Capture 360 mobile app is the ultimate 360° and 3D tool. Easy, convenient, powerful, and efficient. What you need to do is just to capture around your stuff,
sign up and upload to your cloud360,
then get the code and embed it anywhere. That’s all there is to it!
Check out what our users are doing with smart 360° images.
We Need Your Support
We're almost running out of our initial funds. In order to bring this project alive, we need your help. The funds we raise in this campaign will be primarily used to improve our technology engine and current iOS app and to develop the Android app.
Create Your Special Gift
It's so exciting to let our backers to create your special gifts that is the way we say "thank you". First, you'll need to choose your favorite one from our owl family characters, specially designed by Showaround Team.
Once the campaign succeeds, we'll randomly choose one item from the followings and create your special version. Want to know what the question mark means? It's a secret and we can't tell you at this moment.
Who We Are
We're a startup company based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Our founder and engineers bring to the table diverse experiences in such fields as industrial engineering, computer vision, web development, and mobile app development. We have been working together on this technology since July 2016.
What To Do With Smart 360° Images
Other Ways You Can Help
If you just can't contribute, it's okay. You can also help us a lot:
- Please get the word out and make some noise about our campaign. Post about the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and any other social media platforms you use.
- Please ask us any questions or send us your thoughts and feedback about what we have done so far: firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your help as we move forward.
Risks and challenges
There are always potential risks and challenges when you are developing and distributing a new technology. These include development delays, programming bugs, unexpected user operations, and server performance shortcomings. However, we're confident that we can deliver this technology. We'll do everything we can to optimize the product and to make it easier than ever before for users to create high-quality 360° images.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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