Mile Two featured in demo reel at Tech Crunch
December 18, 2018
6D.ai’s new 3D Reality Platform offers real-time reconstruction of the world using only a smartphone camera.
Dayton Startup Mile Two’s Ontario Britton showcased the cutting-edge abilities of the platform in a short AR game called “Lil’ Dirt Bikers” — via your phone, watch bobbleheads on dirt bikes drive around the objects on your desk or counter until they tip over and explode into fireballs.
A clip of Mile Two’s work appeared in a sizzle reel for 6D.ai that debuted last month at TechCrunch’s AR/VR conference in LA.
6D.ai is “the hottest AR startup in San Francisco right now,” Ontario said.
To showcase their beta — the 6D reality platform enables virtual subjects to go behind and around objects found in the real environment — they asked members of the developer community, including Mile Two, to pitch ideas of ways to demo their software.
Ontario pitched several ideas for apps, including to design and furnish architectural spaces, to interact with museum exhibits in fine details and to virtually flood outdoor spaces (like you’ll see in the AR game they recently developed for the city of Fairborn.)
At the last minute, he threw in the pitch for “Lil’ Dirt Bikers.”
“I put in a chunk of time on a lot of pitches, and they picked the five-minute after thought,” he said with a laugh.
6D.ai awarded small grants to the selected companies to fully develop their app ideas.
A month later, Mile Two’s “Lil’ Dirt Bikers” became one of only three demos from development companies selected for the company’s sizzle reel, which debuted at the 2018 Tech Crunch AR/VR conference.
In doing so, Mile Two was also tapped as a referring partner for 6D.ai — they build the platform, but when people come forward with ideas to build something using that platform, 6D.ai recommends software development companies, including Mile Two, to implement those ideas.
Requests for work have already started, Ontario added.
6D in the software developer world means six degrees of freedom — three degrees of movement, but also three degrees of rotation, he said.
Another idea Ontario pitched for the platform was a slinky that could be virtually scaled up to step down building rooftops along Dayton’s skyline. He’s still hoping that will be accepted for development for a future sizzle reel.
In addition to enabling digital assets to move around and behind objects, the 6D.ai platform also remembers the locations of those objects for weeks, months and years. Apps built on the platform crowdsource three-dimensional data in the background of the user’s device, creating real-time maps that are uploaded to the Cloud. Apps can “automatically expand the map beyond what the user’s camera sees in any location that has been previously visited by any 6D-based app,” the website states.