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The SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Mobile app (version 1.0.2) supports augmented reality on iPhone / iPad that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

Some of the key features in this release:

  • Supports on-premise deployment and on demand if relevant data is available
  • Allows grouping the points of interest (POI) according to the current zoom level of the map – if users zoom into the map they will see those points detached. On the settings of the app it is possible to select the number of the nearest POIs to be shown by default.
  • Supports embedding links to take action.
  • Allows users to switch to exploration mode where users can analyze further information about these points of interest.
  • Augmented Explorer adapts according to the device capabilities: if there is a camera users will have the a camera view (ipad2, iphone)
  • Allows to describe what is/what can be a POI

Data Preparation:

On Demand: Any existing dataset can be uploaded from excel to bi.ondemand.com. However, we need to take extra precaution on the format of the Augmented Explorer 

Data Format: Name (mandatory) || Location (mandatory) || Image ||Associated link

myStore||45.5;-1.2||http://mydomain/myimage||http://mydomain

(This order and format is mandatory; POI information must be separated by the string “||”.)

 SAP Office Paris||48.876511;2.309559||http://sapweb20.com/blog/augreality/icon11.png#1||http://www.google.com/search?q=paris

SAP Office Levallois||48.8983;2.278633||http://sapweb20.com/blog/augreality/icon21.png#2||http://www.google.com/search?q=paris

 Corporate Connection: Create and consume info space using the data available. ( The format of the POI is described above)

 Data Display: When users open the augmented data sets the following screen is displayed.
 
The radar highlights the data visualized in the list. Filtering of the distance can be done by clicking on the radar and selecting the radius swiping the finger on the radar where the filter is applied on distance.
 

 At the centre-bottom of the screen, we see an icon for list view and map views

At the bottom right corner, we the icons  as below,  using which we can sort the view by distance, measure, name and orientation.

Once the user switches to maps, there are three types of map views viz., Standard View, Satellite View and Hybrid View for consumption purposes.

User can click on any of the clusters and drill into more granular data.

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  1. I'm using Explorer version 2.2.419 and it doesn't appear to support augmented reality - no maps appearing. Should it work?

    many thanks, matthew

  2. Guest

    I too am having trouble getting this to work.  Would you consider providing a simple Excel worksheet with the data formatted properly that could be uploaded to BI OnDemand and used as a template to create our own?  Or, provide more information about the required format of the data.  Should all of the information be in a single text column?

  3. AR doesn't work in version 4.1.10. Was the beta stage development terminated or why is this? I have my AR data model working fine on older app version (called SBO Explorer) but that is nowhere to be found in App Store.