Today, Upskill announced the release of the newest version of its Skylight platform for augmented reality (AR) devices for the enterprise.
The next generation of Skylight will provide more scalable AR solutions for mass deployment of smartglasses, and it has an improved UI to ease adoption. It also has new capabilities that allow for fast creation of Skylight Applications for users, said Brian Ballard, CEO of Upskill, which changed its name from APX Labs earlier this year.
GE, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Boeing are all Upskill customers that use the Skylight platform in conjunction with Google Glass. The AR market is booming, with Google Glass reborn and ABI Research expecting AR in enterprise applications to hit an inflection point in 2018, with a 227% CAGR.
"We are embracing the use of AR and emerging technologies across GE to simplify work and increase safety with hands-free access to just-in-time support," said Sam Murley, EHS Digital Acceleration Leader at GE, which is an Upskill customer. "The new release of Skylight will allow our teams to further capitalize on the new opportunities the technology presents and enable rapid integration of more use cases across the GE network."
New Skylight capabilities include:
- Skylight Application Builder: A simple, drag-and-drop interface and library of UI cards that allow non-technical personnel to quickly build Skylight Applications based on existing processes. This can reduce time-to-market and development costs associated with identifying and piloting new AR use cases across an organization.
- Skylight Connect: A tool that enables immediate, codeless integration of Skylight with common databases and web services. With Skylight Connect, customers can deploy new Skylight Applications that tap into enterprise systems while reducing complexity, support, and maintenance costs for IT.
- Skylight SDK: An all new software development kit (SDK) that enables developers to use common programming methods, languages, and toolsets to rapidly build a deeper level of control and customization of Skylight Applications.
- Skylight Live: A comprehensive suite of new live HD video collaboration tools built into the Skylight experience to allow workers to solve issues faster and improve outcomes. Added features include remote camera zoom and capture, and annotation on shared documents and snapshots.
"The new release of Skylight provides the essential building blocks we need to deploy AR solutions quickly for our global clients," said Joe Fitzgerald, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "This is important as more and more of our global clients adopt AR into their operations."
Three takeaways for TechRepublic readers:
- Upskill released a new version of Skylight that will provide more scalable AR solutions for mass deployment of smartglasses.
- The AR market is booming, with ABI Research expecting AR in enterprise applications to hit an inflection point in 2018.
- The new version of Skylight includes a simple drag-and-drop interface and library of UI cards that allow non-technical personnel to quickly build Skylight Applications based on existing processes.
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Teena Maddox is a Senior Writer at TechRepublic, covering hardware devices, IoT, smart cities and wearables. She ties together the style and substance of tech. Teena has spent 20-plus years writing business and features for publications including People, W and Women's Wear Daily.