New Vuforia Spatial Toolbox to Accelerate Spatial AR Programming of Machines and Robots

Open-Source Platform Complements PTC’s Commercial Vuforia Offering

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) has announced the release of the  Vuforia® Spatial Toolbox™ platform. Created by the  PTC Reality Lab, the powerful new open-source platform enables developers to create, innovate, and solve spatial computing problems in a whole new way. Innovators and academic researchers can explore the power of  Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Spatial Computing, accelerate prototyping for machines, and develop leading-edge spatial  Augmented Reality (AR) and IoT use cases to support  digital transformation initiatives.

With this groundbreaking new spatial computing platform, teams can improve the operation of complex manufacturing environments and make IoT-enabled machines easier and more intuitive to control with on-the-fly programming. Robots can be operated and controlled through more intuitive user interfaces (UIs), and intuitive Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) can be quickly built, enabling improved human-machine interaction and merging the digital world and physical screens.

“Many developers, innovators, and researchers recognize that AR can help democratize the programming and control of connected machines,” said Mike Campbell, executive vice president and general manager, AR, PTC. “What they need are solutions that help alleviate development overhead for prototyping these innovative, next-gen AR tools. PTC is helping them develop tools and interfaces to spatially interact with and program the world of interconnected things around them.”

As the newest addition to the  Vuforia AR product portfolio, Vuforia Spatial Toolbox is designed to complement the current commercial Vuforia offering. The Vuforia Spatial Toolbox is a system consisting of two components which combine to provide an industrial AR/Spatial Computing prototyping environment with pre-built UI/UX elements, spatial programming services, an intuitive UI app, and simplified connectivity to IoT with the Vuforia Spatial Edge Server. The open-source environment is designed to drive further exploration around the convergence of the physical and digital worlds and help to push the boundaries of innovation.

To enable users to take advantage of the new Vuforia Spatial Toolbox while working from home during this crisis, PTC created a basic hardware interface add-on that allows them to connect the Vuforia Edge Server with Arduino projects, children's LEGO® BOOST and LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 sets, and the Philips Hue smart lighting system.

The technology is the brainchild of  Valentin Heun, Ph.D., vice president, Innovation Engineering, PTC, and former scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group, where he led the Reality Editor™ human-machine interface research. Dr. Heun is a leader in the AR industry, and an active author and  speaker on topics related to AR.

Vuforia Spatial Toolbox is available worldwide today, April 23, 2020. To learn more, download the software, and access tutorials, visit


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