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By
Anjney Midha
August 14, 2018

Announcing our Series B

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see” — Rene Magritte

Today, we’re excited to announce our $27M Series B funding round led by Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures, with Mitch Lasky and Mike Volpi joining our board. We started Ubiquity6 a year ago to bring people together in physical spaces by enabling massively shared augmented reality. This round lets us get there faster.

Our belief is that shared AR can unlock entirely new, valuable ways for humans to interact with each other, and we’re focused on three missing pieces to enable this future:

  1. Shared spaces — using computer vision to allow anyone with a smartphone to see the same reality as everyone else in real time
  2. Fast, lightweight authoring — without requiring deep expertise in game programming, multiplayer networking or computer vision so anyone can easily make shared AR experiences
  3. A spatial browser — to allow you to search, discover and launch AR experiences with friends and family wherever you are, instantly

The combination of these three things finally enables the spatial internet — one where we’re able to share our lives unconstrained, freely, in all three coordinate axes- in useful and magical ways, something we’ve seen repeatedly over the last year in bigger and bigger shared spaces. For example, last Thursday we successfully hosted what I believe is the single largest shared, real time AR experience ever attempted, when hundreds of people at the SFMOMA were able to collectively launch an AR website authored by our tools, edit the same space using their own phones, and experience the works of Rene Magritte in a way that hasn’t been possible until now:

With these building blocks in place, we’re excited to begin rolling out shared, ubiquitous AR globally, and can’t wait to see what people make. Our small team of 25 is growing fast, and if you think you’d enjoy working on bringing the spatial internet to people all over the planet, we’d love to hear from you!

- anjney, ceo & cofounder

We’re thankful to the many people who’ve supported and invested in us since the beginning, including Kleiner Perkins, First Round Capital, Gradient Ventures, LDVP, Bing Gordon and Mike Abbott.

By
Anjney Midha
August 14, 2018

Announcing our Series B

It’s been a wild three months.

From graffiti filled streets in Spain to underground bunkers in Sausalito, subway stations in Tokyo to industrial kitchens in Texas, the Display.land community has been blowing our minds every morning by capturing, sharing and exploring each others’ spaces from around the world during our early access period.


To learn more about our story of getting to here and where we’re going, keep reading, but if you just want to try it out yourself, head on over to the iOS or Android stores to download and start creating!

What You Can do Today

Capture any space with the device you already own — from as small as a courtyard to entire city blocks
Edit insanely fast — changes you make to your spaces are rendered and saved in real time.
Instantly share your spaces via web links and videos, or freely export them as 3D models
Explore the world and join a community of global explorers in 50 countries

How We Got Here

We started U6 with the mission to unlock new ways for people to create and connect in the physical spaces they care about, such as our PlaySFMOMA space last year.
To create that experience, we captured the SF MOMA’s physical space in 3D using a commodity smartphone, edited and authored it remotely in a web browser, and allowed hundreds of people to browse and experience the sandbox together in real time from their own devices onsite in AR, and remotely via desktop and webVR browsers.

With today’s release, we’re beginning to put those same tools in everybody’s hands, with the goal of building and improving our roadmap in public with our community.

Where We’re Going: Editing Reality Together

Unlocking a new digital canvas for creativity and shared experiences.
Our goal is to grow Display.land into a destination where people can create, share and explore together in new, immersive and interactive ways.

We believe the best way to achieve this is by releasing often and publicly, supporting our earliest creators, and constantly increasing access to creative tools only previously available to high end gaming, graphics and 3D professionals. In the coming months, you can expect to see regular updates along this path.

Display.land is for those of us who see art in reality. If this sounds like something you’re interested in working on, shoot us a note! We’re working on some of the hardest challenges in computer vision, graphics and multiplayer networking and are hiring actively.

-Anjney & Ankit
Co-founders, Ubiquity6

“Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see” — Rene Magritte

Today, we’re excited to announce our $27M Series B funding round led by Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures, with Mitch Lasky and Mike Volpi joining our board. We started Ubiquity6 a year ago to bring people together in physical spaces by enabling massively shared augmented reality. This round lets us get there faster.

Our belief is that shared AR can unlock entirely new, valuable ways for humans to interact with each other, and we’re focused on three missing pieces to enable this future:

  1. Shared spaces — using computer vision to allow anyone with a smartphone to see the same reality as everyone else in real time
  2. Fast, lightweight authoring — without requiring deep expertise in game programming, multiplayer networking or computer vision so anyone can easily make shared AR experiences
  3. A spatial browser — to allow you to search, discover and launch AR experiences with friends and family wherever you are, instantly

The combination of these three things finally enables the spatial internet — one where we’re able to share our lives unconstrained, freely, in all three coordinate axes- in useful and magical ways, something we’ve seen repeatedly over the last year in bigger and bigger shared spaces. For example, last Thursday we successfully hosted what I believe is the single largest shared, real time AR experience ever attempted, when hundreds of people at the SFMOMA were able to collectively launch an AR website authored by our tools, edit the same space using their own phones, and experience the works of Rene Magritte in a way that hasn’t been possible until now:

With these building blocks in place, we’re excited to begin rolling out shared, ubiquitous AR globally, and can’t wait to see what people make. Our small team of 25 is growing fast, and if you think you’d enjoy working on bringing the spatial internet to people all over the planet, we’d love to hear from you!

- anjney, ceo & cofounder

We’re thankful to the many people who’ve supported and invested in us since the beginning, including Kleiner Perkins, First Round Capital, Gradient Ventures, LDVP, Bing Gordon and Mike Abbott.

By
Anjney Midha
August 14, 2018

Announcing our Series B

Creators! Did you know that you can download any of your captures as a 3D model? 

We currently support OBJ, GLTF, and PLY file formats, which make it possible to use captures from Display.land in Blender, Cinema4D, Unity, Unreal, Maya, and most other popular creative software applications.

To download the 3D mesh, just open one of your captures in a desktop web browser, and click the download button in the upper-right corner of the screen. You’ll need to be logged in to see it.

If you are on iOS, the easiest way to open your capture in a browser is through AirDrop. You can AirDrop yourself the link to the desired capture by opening the Share Menu and pressing “More.” From there, a new menu will open giving you the option to airdrop the link. 

If you are on Android, we find it is easiest to email yourself the link. Open the Share Menu and press “More.” From there, choose email or whatever the best option is for you.
Once your 3D mesh has downloaded, this is where the magic begins. You now have the opportunity to create phenomenal artwork using captured physical reality. Try challenging the mundane by drawing in the absurd.

Or, experiment with contrasting elements. The opportunities are endless and the boundaries are limitless. Check out what our creators have made with Display.land below.
We absolutely love to see what our Creators create using their Display.land meshes. In fact, we have an entire Discord channel dedicated to them! You can find this channel here: https://discord.gg/b2vxQpu.
We can’t wait for you to join and to see how Display.land has inspired you. ✨