Two weeks ago, after months of Early Access, we opened the public gates to Display.land. Many of our launch dreams came true - the technology is resonating with 3D Artists, people around the world are sharing their favorite spaces in 3D, we got some great press & even made the front page of the Internet.
With such a great launch, we also received many great questions and valid concerns raised by our new users about privacy and data collection.
“This technology is CrAzY. HOW is this POSSIBLE? WHO are these people?”
We’ve heard your feedback and want to make sure our approach to privacy is as transparent as possible. We also want to provide clear context on who we are, what we’ve created, and our mission behind Display.land.
In response to this early feedback, we’ve already released an update that directly addresses many of the concerns around profile creation, including removal of mandatory photo, mandatory First & Last name, and email sign up. It’s important that you have choices and are able to control your data. We want to continue to implement changes, and clarify exactly what kind of data we need for the app to work, why we capture data, and how our creators control their data. Read on for more:
Data shared at Sign Up - Display.land is a community of creators and explorers, which means users need to create a profile before they can interact with others in the community.
When signing up, we ask users for:
The information that will be included in your profile and which is visible to other users by default includes your photo, name, and username. We do not have a “private” profile option at this time.
Data shared when Capturing - Display.land lets you create 3D environments by uploading 2D images via video that our cloud server turns into shared 3D spaces.
You are in control of what you share with other users on the App.
There are 3 Steps to sharing a capture:
When you take a capture, the first step is for it to Upload. This is uploading your capture to our server, and it is still Private.
Once uploaded, your Capture will begin Processing. This is when our servers connect the AR sensor data and the images pulled from the video and create the 3d model. This does not mean your capture will be shared publicly yet, or tied to a location. Your unpublished captures are private, and can still be shared or exported as a 3D mesh.
After your video has finished Processing, you will have the option to Publish your capture.
Captures become public to other users only when you select ‘Publish’ after the upload & processing stages. Once published, you can always go back and delete a capture, make edits to the title or mesh, remove the location, or make any other updates at any time to a published capture & it will re-publish. You can publish your captures as Personal to make them only visible to you or via the ‘share’ link to that capture.
Following - this adds users into your ‘following’ feed. Users who are not following you can still view your profile and published posts, via direct link, search, or location. We do not have a ‘private’ profile option at this time.
The captures (your video + AR sensor data) we package together are owned by you and considered your intellectual property. They are stored on our servers. You can export your captures as 3D or share them as videos. More info about sharing and export features can be found on our Learn site: https://learn.display.land/editing-reality
To delete your account, please go to Settings and press Delete Account. When your account is deleted, we delete all corresponding data, including captures associated with your account and any personal information connected to your Profile. Any data contained in our system backups will be deleted at a later time, according to our backup and retention schedule.
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Is there more we can do? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are a new product and are constantly working to develop new features. User feedback is key to driving the future of our roadmap and company success.
Thank you for your support of Display.land so far. We can’t wait to keep exploring together.
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.
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.