As part of an in-depth course on AR/VR technologies, Rajan Wegmann from Echtzeit GmbH was able to give the ZHAW students (Master in Business Administration – Major Innovation and Entrepreneurship) a practical insight into the market-needs-oriented development and implementation of real-time visualisation solutions in industry.
In addition to relevant strategic and organisational principles as well as the enormous potential and the versatile possibilities of these technologies, the students were also able to reflect on and sustainably convey the decisive challenges that the successful implementation of such projects entails.
We would like to thank the ZHAW Winterthur for the great opportunity to contribute to the course, to introduce interested students to this fascinating topic and to inspire them with our passion!
The Unreal Engine from Epic Inc. is regarded worldwide as the technology leader in the areas of interactive software, digital film production, product and architectural visualization as well as virtual and augmented reality.
Echtzeit GmbH also develops future-oriented software solutions based on this core technology.
Thomas Ott and Patrick Moechel from Echtzeit GmbH have extensive experience in interactive media training and have applied for the Unreal Authorized Instructor program.
Both have successfully completed an extensive evaluation programme and are now part of the global network of specialist teaching staff for Unreal Engine technology.
We thank Epic Inc. for their support!
We did it again - and are proud to announce that we have been selected for the SwissGames Showcase Mentorship Program 2021.
Based on our work on our title Whoop Arcade, we were selected for the mentoring program and look forward to collaboration with Jason Della Rocca.
We would like to thank SwissGames, Jason Della Rocca and everyone involved for the trust they have placed in us!
Originally a spin-off from ETH Zurich, Gilytics AG provides technologies for the complex planning of transport and energy infrastructures to increase public participation and social acceptance between authorities and local communities involved in a project.
As part of a joint pilot project at the ETH Zurich at Hönggerberg, Echtzeit GmbH developed an Augmented Reality App which enables users to visualize planned linear infrastructure via mobile devices.
With the vision of supporting future national and international infrastructure projects with our visualization technologies, we are looking forward to further cooperation!
In 2020, the Aargau location promotion programme will get to the bottom of digital innovations and focus on topics that shape the canton.
As an up-and-coming regional company, Echtzeit GmbH was invited to a multifaceted interview (German language) about real-time visualization, process optimization and much more.
In addition to the exciting challenges of augmented and virtual reality technologies, Echtzeit GmbH also provided insights into the forward-looking project «AR-Wind».
We are very happy about the great interest in our work and thank you for this great experience!
SwissGames, an initiative of the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, announced the nominations for the SwissGames Showcase 2020.
Due to a successful pitch for the upcoming title Whoop Arcade, Echtzeit was selected for an exclusive mentoring with Robin Hunicke (funomena).
In addition, the sponsorship programme includes comprehensive support for participation in various industry events such as Luicious, GDC, Gamescom, Game Connection Europe, VR Days and Nordic Game Conference.
We would like to thank SwissGames and everybody involved for the great opportunity and the confidence put in us!
The online symposium "Citelligent - Solutions for the City of Tomorrow" focused on the development of directly applicable solutions for problems currently faced by communities and cities.
Together with more than 30 experts from science and business, Echtzeit GmbH worked on generic and scalable solutions in the areas of mobility, payment systems, energy / environment and data for the city of Lenzburg.
Originally planned as a large intercantonal event in Lenzburg Castle, the event was successfully restructured into an online symposium at short notice due to the COVID-19 situation.
We are proud to support the technological progress of the region with our contribution and would like to thank Savisio AG for the great organisation as well as the Hightech Zentrum Aargau, the Zukunftsregion Argovia and SWL Energie AG for their valuable support.
The US-based company Epic Games Inc., developer of the Unreal Engine technology and market leader in this segment, is running the so-called Epic MegaGrants program aiming to support 3D graphics development.
Based on one of their projects, Echtzeit GmbH was able to convince Epic Games in terms of quality and vision and therefore won a grant within the MegaGrant program.
The Magic Leap Headset provided by Epic Games, which enables interactive 3D content to be projected holographically into the user's field of vision, opens up further fascinating technological possibilities for our prototyping and product development.
We thank Epic Games Inc. for their support!
The company Hager Zierbeschläge AG presents its new Augmented Reality App, developed by Echtzeit GmbH, at the leading trade fair of the building and real estate industry in Switzerland.
The app enables the user to project virtual versions of door fittings from the Hager Zierbeschläge AG product range onto any surface in the real environment. The photorealistic presentation creates a precise impression of the selected material compositions.
The Hager AR App is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
We are pleased about the innovative and successful cooperation with Hager Zierbeschläge AG!
600 guests from the digital sector, research, business and politics celebrated the digital highlights of the year at the Digital Economy Award Night in the Hallenstadion in Zurich in the presence of Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.
We congratulate our partner Veriset AG for the "Digital Economy Award" in the category "Digital Transformation SMB".
Echtzeit GmbH is pleased to have actively and successfully supported Veriset AG in their digitalization processes in the area of digital sales with the VR project "Virtual Kitchen"!
Within the scope of the one-week course offered by the Department of Geosciences at the University of Copenhagen, Echtzeit GmbH was pleased to be able to support teachers and students on site with its specialist knowledge.
The course provided students with an overview of emerging future technologies that meet the demands and challenges of landscape planning and design.
Theoretical and practical units showed new ways of design, communication and approval procedures. The focus was on the interaction of the real environment, analog and virtual models, as well as interaction, data acquisition and data exchange between them. For this purpose, Echtzeit GmbH together with the University of Copenhagen developed a novel application prototype, which enabled the participants to digitally convert their own physical planning models and displaying them augmented in the real environment. The engagement was rounded off by theoretical lectures on AR and VR technologies, whose history, practical application scenarios and insights into the development processes of Echtzeit GmbH.
We would like to thank the University of Copenhagen, the Senior Researcher Hans Skov-Petersen and Mariusz Hermansdorfer for the outstanding and collegial scientific cooperation!
Around 80 renowned exhibitors presented their products and services at the 8th EXPO Energietechnik in Niederurnen, Switzerland's largest trade fair for energy technology.
With the AR-App developed by Echtzeit GmbH, the organizer IBG B. Graf AG Engineering exhibitors, partners and visitors alike.
We thank you for the informative EXPO, the interesting conversations and the great feedback on the AR app and look forward to its further development together with IBG B. Graf AG Engineering!
By the name "Unleashing the full potential of Swiss R&D on the international wind energy market", the first "The First Swiss Wind Energy R&D Forum" took place in mid-May at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR).
More than 70 participants from institutions and companies such as ETH Zurich, ZHAW, EPFL, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, ABB, Siemens Schweiz AG, Innosuisse and many others took part with the aim of bringing together innovative companies from research and development in the field of wind energy.
Echtzeit GmbH was invited by the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (HSR) to present the Augmented Reality App "AR-Wind" developed in cooperation with the ZHAW Wädenswil to experts and to inform about the innovative visualization possibilities using AR technologies.
We were able to experience the forum as an informative and inspiring platform, thank the organizer for the invitation and continue to follow future developments in the field of wind energy with excitement!
At the end of April, Echtzeit GmbH was invited by the Department of Architecture, Wood and Construction of the Bern University of Applied Sciences to give a presentation on the industrial applications of AR and VR technologies.
Under the key question of what significant improvements can be achieved by integrating these technologies into business processes, Echtzeit GmbH was able to inspire and inspire university students as well as lecturers and business partners alike.
Many thanks for the invitation to Biel and the great interest of the University of Applied Sciences as well as the numerous participants!
By the theme "Challenges 2030 - Reality or Friction", this year's KMU SWISS Forum was all about digitisation; in keeping with this, Echtzeit GmbH also took part in the exciting and informative event.
In addition to many inspiring lectures by renowned speakers such as Dr. Fritz Zurbrügg (Vice-President of the Governing Board, Swiss National Bank), Mr. Andreas Münch (Member of the General Directorate, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund) or Mr. Philippe Rebord (Corps Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces), as well as interesting interviews with representatives from industry, sport and music, the moderation by Dr. Hugo Bici (communications expert and journalist) was also part of a great event.
With more than 350 participants, mostly from the senior management (GL / CEO / VR) of SMEs from the Basel-Winterthur-Lucerne economic triangle, Echtzeit GmbH was able to hold many personal discussions with speakers and participants, establish promising new contacts from industry and further expand the network.
We are already looking forward to the next events and would like to ten_projectsin Baumann (CEO KMU SWISS AG), his team and the generous sponsors for the great KMU SWISS Forum 2019 in the congress centre Trafo Baden!
In September 2018, Echtzeit GmbH submitted an application to the Hightech Zentrum Aargau to support the collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) within the feasibility study to be realized for the augmented reality app "AR-Wind". This has now been positively reviewed by the research commission, which is made up of qualified persons from industry, research and innovation promotion, and has been awarded a grant. Many thanks to our great research partner as well as the valuable support and trust of the Hightech Zentrum Aargau!
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of ergodata AG and in keeping with the theme of innovative and modern working environments, Echtzeit GmbH surprised with the presentation of the Augmented Reality App AR-Chair. In the nostalgic ambience of the Air Force Center in Dübendorf, the virtually placed chairs came into their own in a very special way, which fascinated both organizers and visitors alike. Many thanks for the great event and the courteous hospitality. Echtzeit GmbH wishes you all the best for the next 40 years!
Joining Europe’s leading conference and exhibition on VR and AR, Echtzeit GmbH visited the VR Days Europe. An extensive range of keynotes, sessions, workshops and seminars with over 140 speakers from the fields of health, technology, business and art enabled Echtzeit GmbH to spend three informative days with interesting conversations, inspiring contacts and valuable insights.
For the SAE Convention, Echtzeit GmbH was invited by the SAE Alumni Association, the alumni network of the SAE Institute, to hold a panel talk on the topic "From study to your own start-up". The three founders of Echtzeit GmbH were keen to address best practices, dos and don'ts and personal backgrounds to help future entrepreneurs approach their plans in a goal-oriented manner and foster their enthusiasm. Many thanks to the numerous participants and the great moderation by Quinke Networks GmbH from Hamburg!
Echtzeit GmbH was invited to Wädenswil by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) to give a presentation followed by a workshop on virtual and augmented reality. Numerous scientists from different research groups took part. In addition to teaching technological basics and demonstrating various use cases, all interested parties were able to try out and experience the virtual kitchen framework developed by Echtzeit GmbH for themselves. We would like to thank the research group for integrative ecology of the ZHAW Wädenswil for the invitation, as well as all those present for the lively exchange and the many inspiring conversations!
Within the AR app, users can explore 2 possible locations of the E-Cargovia car sharing planned in Lenzburg as table-top models and freely place and experience the electric vehicle in real size.
Key-features of the E-Cargovia AR-App:
The Hager AR App enables door fittings from the Hager Zierbeschläge AG product range to be projected as a virtual representation onto any surface using a tablet and smartphone.
The user has the possibility to select different door fittings and display them e.g. onto existing doors. The screen can be moved freely in the room while the selected position of the fittings does not change.
The photorealistic and interactive presentation of surfaces and materials gives customers a precise impression of the visual effect and eliminates the need to purchase sample fittings.
The Hager AR App was presented for the first time at the Holz 2019 fair in Basel and was made publicly available at the Swiss Bau fair 2020 in Basel.
Key-features of the Hager-AR app:
In close cooperation with the research groups "Integrative Ecology" and "Renewable Energies" of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Echtzeit GmbH has developed the Augmented Reality App "AR-Wind" for iOS and Android mobile devices. The project implementation was supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (BFE) and the High-Tech Centre Aargau through a grant for innovative development projects between universities and business partners from the Research Fund Aargau.
The AR project was developed against the background of the energy revolution in order to provide citizens affected by development measures with a neutral basis for decisions on voting by visually representing the planned wind turbines in their real environment. By using GPS device data, the AR app enables an exact positioning of the virtually created wind turbines in the landscape according to exact size and orientation, depending on the user's position. In connection with the high accessibility by the population through the increasing use of AR-enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets, a large part of the population can get a realistic and neutral picture of the actual situation.
Additional app functions such as manual speed adjustment of the rotors, fading in and out of individual wind turbines, an integrated compass and automatic distance measurement make the AR app an informative experience.
Key-features of the AR-Wind app:
As a surprise for the 40th anniversary of ergodata AG, the producer of modern, flexible and ergonomic office furniture from Zurich Altstetten, Echtzeit GmbH has developed the App AR-Chair.
The app makes it possible to place virtually created furniture freely in the room, adjust its material and colour interactively according to the collection and thus test its appearance in a real environment. Detailed 3D models combined with high-quality textures make the app an almost photorealistic experience. As a small, funny special feature for congratulations, a birthday cake and gifts can also be placed using the gift button.
Key-features of the AR-Chair app:
For the presentation at the 8th EXPO Energietechnik in Niederurnen in June 2019, Echtzeit GmbH developed the IBG Future App for IBG B. Graf AG Engineering.
Using the IBG Future App, a wide variety of products relevant to development and planning in energy technology can be placed in the augmented environment. This allows the user to visualize various planning scenarios directly on site in real time.
The very efficient and real-scale on-site placement of the products gives an impression of the actual situation and accelerates many planning and approval processes.
The IBG Future App will be further developed in a partnership between IBG B. Graf AG Engineering and Echtzeit GmbH.
Key-features of the AR-App:
The demo app "Table Top" illustrates the possibilities of using digital models in augmented reality.
In the app, topological models, such as from architecture or landscape design, can be viewed.
The digital model is displayed on the screen of a tablet-computer. Due to automated position determination, the user can freely move around the digital model. The virtual representation allows to seamless scale the model, so it is possible to zoom in our out at any time.
Further advantages of the digital representation result from the possibility of interactive visualization of further data, such as light and shadow conditions on any given time of the days, or current wind flow. "Table Top" serves as an example for a tool for efficient and clear planning of renewable energy projects.
Key-features of the Table-Top app::
On the occasion of SwissBau Basel in January 2018, Echtzeit GmbH realized a virtual walk-in kitchen for Veriset AG in Root, the largest kitchen manufacturer in Switzerland.
The digital exhibition kitchen accurately reproduces scale and proportions, is freely accessible and can be used and modified interactively. This enables the consumer to quickly and easily find out whether the arrangement of cabinets and drawers, the dimensions of the installation and the choice of built-in appliances meet his wishes and ideas. The surface materials and colours of the kitchen housing, front and cover can be adjusted and combined directly by the user in real time using the given collection in order to make the right decisions quickly, playfully and intuitively.
In the innovative Mixed Reality Setup, visitors to the fair were integrated into the digital world by means of a green-screen installation and the result displayed on a TV screen. This made the trade fair project an unforgettable experience not only for users, but also for consultants and spectators.
Echtzeit GmbH is very pleased with the extremely positive feedback from the trade fair visitors and thanks Veriset AG for their cordial cooperation!
Key-features of the Virtual Kitchen:
As part of a construction project in the municipality of Ruswil, in the centre of the canton of Lucerne, Echtzeit GmbH realised a virtual walk-through on behalf of Eberli Sarnen AG. The almost 29,000 m2 site comprises 9 apartment buildings, 15 single-family houses and an internal access road to the underground car park
For people interested in buying, various condominiums and the entire neighbourhood environment can be experienced in virtual reality. The virtual tour of the building project makes it possible to experience the potential dream apartment in photorealistic quality, to test it extensively and to empathize with the aesthetics of the project in order to make well-founded decisions before the undertaking is realised. To support the marketing process, colours and materials of various surfaces can be adapted and combined directly by the user in real time.
By precisely recreating the surrounding landscape and combining it with interactive lighting simulations, users can enjoy their quarters, condominiums and panoramic views in various lighting moods of morning or evening sun. The detailed vegetation and animated by-passers create a lively environment.
Echtzeit GmbH is responsible for planning, implementation and integration-advice of the entire VR project and is in close contact with the core team of Eberli Sarnen AG, the responsible planning architects and the landscape planners. The goal of the future-oriented cooperation between Eberli Sarnen AG and Echtzeit GmbH is the sustainable integration of VR technology in the development and marketing of real estate.
Key-features of the virtual walk-through “Sonnefeld Ruswil”:
For this purpose we use our own developed framework and configure the required functionalities using of our pre-defined modules. This approach eliminates additional development costs, achieves timely production cycles and minimizes project-related risks.
For a demand-oriented implementation we fill the already existing framework with project-related 3D content. These can already exist and are converted by us, if necessary, AR or VR-suitable. The 3d data can also be created completely by us. All given formats being used as templates are conceivable, such as photos, illustrations, technical drawings or CAD data. This leads to another advantage: Development costs and product scope are completely scalable.
Advantages of our standardized out-of-the-box products:
With our AR-Viewer Framework you can make your products experienceable everywhere and at any time. The user can access content easily and via a up-to-date smartphone or tablet.
Using Augmented Reality technology, almost photo-realistic virtual 3d objects are placed in the real environment. The user can then move freely around the displayed objects. The framework works for both indoor and outdoor applications. The placement can be done either freely in space by the user or via predefined GPS coordinates.
Planning tools for the construction industry or interactive product visualizations are only a small fraction of the numerous possibilities our framework offers.
Key-features of AR-Viewer:
With our VR showroom framework, you can make your products an highly immersive experience at any time, at any location. By means of a VR headset, the user can understand and freely examine products three-dimensionally.
Do you want to bring individual products or entire product series into your customers' living rooms simply and easily via download? All you need to do is load our VR-Showroom onto a VR-ready Windows PC. In addition to displaying virtual products, our tool can also be used to visualize prototypes or other 3D data, for example as a substitute for on-site visits. Since it is a completely virtualised solution, scale doesn't matter - from ordinary everyday objects to satellite-based landscape reliefs, the possibilities are almost limitless. In addition to the practically photo-realistic representation, extended functions are also available. If desired, also for parallel users in order to involve sales personnel for direct customer consultation and support.
Key-features of VR-Showroom:
With our VR-ArchViz framework, architectural projects become an unforgettable immersive experience. By using first-class virtual reality headsets, architectural planning-data are brought to life.
Based on existing planning data we create a true to original 3d representation of the building project. The user can move freely in the virtual space and thus obtain a highly immersive impression of the interior and exterior views. Georeferenced lighting and accurate Physically Based Rendering help to further enhance the almost photorealistic impression.
By interactively changing the surface materials or exchanging furniture, the corresponding results can be experienced directly. These elements lead to a binding visual communication and allow the user to be part of the planning activities.
Our VR-ArchViz framework includes ready-made functions and sample furnishings to guarantee a timely project completion. Individual furnishings and extended functions are possible. Echtzeit acts as a full service provider and also supports other parties involved in the project, such as architects, interior and landscape architects.
Experience shows that user acceptance and enthusiasm using the application are very high. In addition to increased planning reliability and process efficiency, the application also offers the opportunity to position yourself as a participant in the advancing digitalization process.
Key-features of VR-ArchViz:
Today's increasingly complex planning and construction processes require new, innovative visualization solutions for communicating information. In addition to internal processes such as the planning and development of construction projects, communication with authorities and the participation of the population are becoming increasingly important.
Previous, conventional visualization solutions of such construction projects often do not provide a representative representation of the effective situation on site and are therefore less suitable as a reliable basis in central decision-making processes.
Echtzeit GmbH has developed an application as a forward-looking method to improve this issue in the long term and to offer planners, authorities and the population a representative visualization solution.
Using augmented reality technology, the application enables geo-referenced positioning of any 3D objects in the real world, at the desired position and in exact orientation and size. Using mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or AR glasses, the 3D objects can thus be viewed on site, decentralized.
By using various geodata such as terrain and building models as well as a specially developed masking function, real occlusions can be calculated and the 3D models realistically integrated into the environment.
Additional interactive functions such as model or material change, fade-in and fade-out of models, alternative locations, animations and the creation of screenshots make the application, adapted to need, use and target group, a reliable planning and decision-making tool.
The controlled and targeted distribution of the AR app via platforms such as iOS and Android guarantees the best possible accessibility to the target group.
Key-features of GEO-AR-Application:
Since there are no limits in visual communication using Augmented and Virtual Reality, the possibilities in applications are manifold.
Echtzeit offers comprehensive consulting regarding possible areas of application and technical implementation.
Being close to our customers and efficient internal communication enables us to develop new ideas in a targeted manner and to implement individual projects successfully and timely.
We look forward to discussing exciting ideas with you and are always available for non-binding consultation.
Echtzeit stands for simple and intuitive access to complex facts and technical systems. By using state-of-the-art technology, we enable our customers to communicate visually and interactively entirely in real time.
We develop products whose goal is to optimize processes and lead to sustainable changes. Our strong desire to explore the unknown and create something new is the driving force.
In the application of our technologies, the human being is always at the center of the design philosophy, both in project conception and implementation. We regard reliability and precision as fundamental tools for a successful implementation.
With their bundled know-how in project planning and management, high-end graphic production for Next-Gen video games and educational supervision in the field of interactive media and programming, the three company founders stand for the interdisciplinary fusion of the required skills.
In order to apply these principles in a targeted manner we work directly and closely with our customers and put the highest demands on quality and cost-effectiveness towards our solutions.
We use current and future technological potential in order to simplify access to an increasingly complex world for people and to strengthen the handling of this environment in real time.
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