Over 15 million people take to Fyuse weekly to snap and share their 3D pictures, thanks to the unique technology offered by the app. However, many users are unaware that their pictures are actually training a new generation of devices for this 3D capability.
The San-Francisco based developer, Fyusion, has been working on this 3D technology for the past 3 years as the first steps to build more immersive experiences for consumers and businesses.
Fyusion’s CEO, Radu Rusu, wrote to Techcrunch in an email, “[Our] vision is that our Fyuse 3D spatial photography format will become ubiquitous, and the de-facto standard for representing a certain kind of 3D spatial data for consumers at scale.”
“Beyond the fyuse format itself, live 3D Visual Understanding in the camera has been a core capability that got baked into the format since day one, taking advantage of experience in 3D Point Cloud processing and robotics — whether the camera is a smartphone or head mounted device that we’re likely to all be wearing in a few years’ time, or a personal robot. We would like to enable all computers, from smartphones to robots to take advantage of fyuse and 3D Visual Understanding soon,” said Rusu.
The company has since raised $22 million through global venture firm NEA, strategic investors such as 2020, Presence Capital the computer vision-focused investment firm, as well as Gionee and NTT DOCOMO Ventures in order to achieve the goal.
According to Rusu, with this money the company is expanding to new offices in China and Japan, as well as pursuing three new lines of business.
Fyusion is working on more aggressive visualization and imaging technology, so it can start pitching to business customers and their consumers. The company is also working in automotive sales with vendors like Cox Automotive in the U.S. and Gulliver in Japan. Fyusion plans to work with retailers such as Walmart and others in e-commerce to deliver 3D images online. Lastly, the company is teaming up with manufacturers like TCL, Huawei, ZTE, and Gionee to create AR-enabled images on their Android-enabled devices.
In 2018, consumers should also expect to see Fyusion technology in head-mounted displays and other hardware before the end of the year, according to Rusu.
“Over the last 12 months, we have taken the first iteration of the format together with the customer feedback, and built specialized enterprise solutions for our 3 focus verticals. This marks the launch of the enterprise Fyusion platform,” said Rusu, in his email to Techcrunch.
Rusu said that Fyusion’s next steps are to continue technology development and open to third-party developers, now that finances and partnerships are in place.