How to map?

Instructions on how to map your real-world environment

Get the Mapping app

The Mapping app can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

This app requires you to have an ARWAY Developer account. You can register one for free in the Developer Portal.

Requirements

The ARWAY Mapping app is currently only available for Android and iOS devices that support Google ARCore SDK and Apple ARKit SDK respectively.

For best results, use the latest high-end iOS or Android devices like -iPhone X/XR/XS/11/12 series, Samsung Galaxy S10/20 series, Note 10/20 series, Google Pixel 3/4/5, OnePlus 7/7T/8/8T series, and so on. The app works best with devices that support ARCore Depth API.

Mapping while screen recording reduces the performance of phones and makes the process difficult, so it's not recommended.

Tips for Mapping

  • For best results, use the latest high-end Android or iOS devices for fast and accurate mapping.

  • While mapping a place, make sure that the physical environment being mapped has adequate and evenly distributed lighting.

  • Move your phone slowly while mapping to avoid sudden rotations or other unintended effects. Try to move physically instead of moving the phone standing in one place.

  • Make sure the area you are mapping has enough visual feature points for better results.

  • Try to do the mapping from maximum viewports to enhance the 3D map and improved localization accuracy.

  • For mapping bigger areas, try to capture them in multiple maps.

  • You should map for a minimum of 45 seconds to have enough feature points in a map.

Mapping Camera viewports/position

Mapping an environment in a single map

The complete environment should be connected while mapping, a single point cloud map will the output.

Ideal approach of mapping a environment in single mapping session

Mapping an environment in multiple maps

The complete environment can be mapped in multiple smaller maps, then multiple point cloud maps can be arranged relatively in Web Studio

Ideal approach of mapping a environment in multiple mapping session

Steps for mapping real-world space

Step 1: Open the ARWAY Mapping app and Sign In with your registered email and password.

Sign in page for the ARWAY Mapping app

Step 2: After signing in successfully, you will be asked for camera permissions and then be taken to the instructions page telling you how to map, what to do when tracking is lost and so on.

Instructions page

Step 3: After the instructions page, you'll see the mapping page consisting of a start button, back button, map list button, and a button to switch to the localization scene.

Mapping Page

Step 4: To start mapping, point your camera towards the place that you want to scan and press the Start button to begin mapping your surroundings.

Follow the on-screen instructions for the best results.

Mapping a Place

Move slowly to avoid drift and capture the maximum number of feature points.

Cover each area twice for better mapping results.

Step 5: After you have mapped an area you can press the Stop button to stop mapping. Then you will be prompted to give a name to the map you just scanned. Enter a unique name to your map and then press Submit to save it to the cloud.

When done, give your map a name

Step 6: After saving the map, you can click on the Cloud List button at the top to see a list of all the point cloud maps which you have created.

List of captured point clouds

To see your captured point cloud data, visit the Developer Portal.