ARchi VR Software and Services

Release Notes

The current release of the ARchi VR app is version 2.9. The ARchi VR App, and mobile AR in general, have still some shortcomings, but it is still fun to use. It can also be beneficial for use cases where high measurement accuracy isn't strictly needed. Improvements are planned for future releases.

Known Limitations

  • The ARKit technology used to capture spatial data may generate some inconsistencies during scanning or re-registration.
  • Auto-merge of multiple rooms may produce incorrect results.
  • Auto-merge may create overlapping walls, leading to flickering in the 3D view.
  • Pitched roof areas can not be captured.
  • On-device VR is currently no longer working correctly in Cardboard stereo mode.

Ideas for Future Releases

  • Adding more intelligent features based on computer vision and machine learning
  • E.g., automatic capturing of window or door types and interior objects (furnitures)
  • Extend AR Cloud functionality: sharing and publishing captured and augmented spaces
  • ...if you have ideas for new features, please get in contact.

App Name

ARchi VR started in 2017 as a room capturing app. The name "ARchi" refers to the use of AR in architecture. ARchi VR has since become a more generic AR app for capturing, augmenting, and exploring AR spaces.

Terms & Conditions

ARchi VR is provided as a free app on the Apple App Store. By downloading and using the ARchi VR app, you accept:
  • that Metason by Philipp Ackermann has no liability for any loss, direct or indirect, you experience as a result of relying on the functionality of the app.
  • that you're not allowed to copy or modify the app and/or misuse the related trademarks and copyrights.
  • that Metason by Philipp Ackermann is committed to ensuring that the app is as useful and efficient as possible. For that reason, the app will change in future and will be updated on the Apple App Store.

Privacy Policy

App Data

Metason does NOT collect private data from users of ARchi VR or any user activities and will therefore NOT share such data with third parties. Unless an app extension has permission to do so, ARchi VR is NOT uploading any data from the device, except for using Apple iCloud services to synchronize captured data between your personal devices. This iCloud feature can be disabled for ARchi VR in iOS Settings. Already uploaded iCloud data can permanetly be deleted in the ARchi VR app at the end of the "Session Defaults" view.

App Extensions

ARchi VR supports downloadable extensions for catalogs, AR services, workflows and curated AR content. These extensions do exchange data, including user-specific data, with third-party web services. It is the responsibility of the extension providers to protect the privacy of the App users.

The providers of app extensions and the used data transfer modes are visible in the App Extensions view within ARchi VR. App users should only use App extensions that they trust.

Data Transfer within App Extensions

App extensions may upload user-specific data to third-party web services. The kind of data transfer used by extensions is made transparent using the following icons:
Data download only. No personal data is submitted.
Data uploaded to and downloaded from a web service.
Upload of location data (e.g. user position).
Upload of space data (e.g. captured room).
Upload of photo or of camera view.

Network Analyzer

All network traffic during an AR session is protocolled. The data transfer log can be analyzed by wiping the double arrow symbol from right to left.

Technologies: What ARchi VR is built on.

The Augmented Reality functionality of ARchi VR is implemented using Apple's ARKit technology.
ARchi VR uses WebVR to bring Virtual Reality to the web. WebVR is supported by Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and other web browsers such as Safari via Polyfill.
The 3D and VR views are realized as WebVR content using the A-Frame technology which is based on WebGL and three.js.
The open source toolkit provides A-Frame components to generate architectural models and to access furniture from an impressive interior library.
The toolkit is powered by Archilogic. Archilogic provides a web-based 3D platform for architecture and interiors.

Metason by Philipp Ackermann

Metason was founded early 2013 in Zurich by Philipp Ackermann. focusing on software development for macOS, iOS, and the web and starting with the the music application "ArtistInfo". Philipp is a lecturer for Visual Computing at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences and teaches in 3D computer graphics, virtual reality, augmented reality, game development, and digital health technologies.


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