Skylight is a software platform that companies use to create smart glasses applications.
Skylight is for business scenarios where you need hands-free, in-context, real time information right where work is getting done.
It is a complete system – it manages the user experience on the smart glasses itself and it is the back end platform which powers the business solution.
While most critical functions work out-of-the box, Skylight can be configured, customized and extended to your unique needs using the Skylight SDK.
Skylight works with a variety of devices, including single optic heads-up displays as well as next generation binocular transparent lens glasses. These units create amazing visual experiences, and with Skylight – they make what used to be impossible a reality today.
There are several essential Skylight functions that provide the foundation for all enterprise smart glasses solutions.
Skylight is an enterprise platform for smart glasses, designed for any sized business who wants to transform their operations using next generation wearable devices.
In particular, we focus on ‘deskless workers’ of all types. These users need hands-free, real-time, in-context overlay information for their job - which can only be delivered with smart glasses. APX Labs estimate that at least 1 in 10 adults work in jobs that can be done better, safer and cheaper with smart glasses and Skylight today.
They include people like nurses, doctors, field service and repair technicians, supply-chain and logistics staff, assembly line and QA personnel, security and support staff, as well as public sector workers. Today, when doing their most important tasks they are too often unconnected and flying blind. Skylight and smart glasses change all that.
Smart glasses solutions are particularly essential and valuable for industrial, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, distribution, utility, entertainment and energy companies.
The Skylight UI is optimized for see-through, transparent optic displays. Since they are head-worn for important work scenarios they have to be highly responsive, like you would find in a first-person video game, and they need to smartly keep what is displayed to a minimum, so you can focus on the task at hand.
On the glasses, the user can access a hands-free Main Menu. This allows the user to make video calls, control the camera, review messages/tasks and perform other common functions. On the screen, the user will be able to see multiple Info Panels – which show content of any type continuously updated by the server. They can see work items, questions, alerts in the Message Panel. After a few seconds these messages fade from view, but can be retrieved later from the main menu. Rich content, like images, text, video and 3D models are delivered to the user in the Media Panel. Points are augmented reality objects that represent any person, place or thing - displayed on the display in their real-world location. Skylight allows users to perform hands-free interactions with points which may open menu options to provide more information or trigger some action on the server, in another application or on a remote device.
Skylight is made of three components. The Skylight client application, the Skylight Server, and Dashboards.
The Skylight client application runs on the smart glasses, is self-contained, and functional out of the box. No additional client development is required to implement a smart glasses solution. The Skylight server is a required back-end for all Skylight clients. It is made up of a set of components that speak to each other through an internal Skylight API. The Skylight Dashboards are web applications that run on the server.
Customizing the system involves creating Skylight Add-Ins. An Add-In is a self-contained component that runs as if it were a native part of Skylight Server. It manages the communication with external systems, provides content and commands to the client, and optionally hosts custom business logic. Skylight enables Add-Ins built in a variety of programming and scripting languages, and Skylight can interface with external systems through most standard methods and protocols.