Startup Dekko moves from OS to AR with $3.2 million funding
The company hasn’t dropped its plans; instead refocusing on smaller steps to eventually meet their overall goal of augmented reality world domination.
Dekko has developed technology to map the world in 3D using a smartphone camera or tablet which is represented as “digital grids” upon where games and applications can be “layered”.
It is truly incredible how something as previously intensive as 3D mapping can now be done on just an iPad mini. This is the entire process; scene modelling, object recognition, and reconstruction.
Currently a game is being developed, which is about 90 percent done, according to co-founder Matt Miesnieks. He likens it to how Microsoft built and shipped Solitaire with Windows to teach people how to use a mouse and get used to the control mechanisms.
This kind of technology, once perfected, would be astounding in collaboration with a product such as Google Glass.
In the hit PS3 game “Heavy Rain” by Quantic Dreams, a futuristic investigator would “escape” his office through turning the environment around him into a forest, a desert, even an ocean. Perhaps this “future” isn’t far away?
Clearly many investors have faith in Dekko, with the roster featuring huge names such as Blumberg Capital, Launch Capital, Thomvest, Eniac Ventures, Venture 51, Echo Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Zig Capital.
Are you still excited by the future of Augmented Reality? Does it have a future? Or has many failed attempts from various companies put you off the idea?
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