Develop for ZapBox


With your support and the imagination of the creative developer community the possibilities really are endless.

ZapBox Set Up

Enter the world of endless possibilites

We’re looking for developers to open Mixed Reality up to a much larger audience than previously available, and we believe with our ZapWorks platform they will be able to do just that. Building an active community of talented content-makers is central to our goal and we’re excited to see what will be created.

ZapBox experiences are created in our advanced visual editor ZapWorks Studio which allows content to be positioned and animated and includes an integrated Javascript-based API so developers can add rich interactivity to their content. ZapWorks Studio is completely free for non-commercial use, and we will be running regular ZapBox Developer Contests and sharing the outcome with the user community to ensure a steady stream of awesome content!

If you’ve ever developed in Javascript, or you are just keen to learn, ZapBox and ZapWorks is a perfect fit. We’ve taken care of all the complicated bits so you can just focus on the fun parts! Mixed Reality makes even simple experiences compelling. It’s an entirely new medium with great developer payoff - it’s possible to build something really fun without needing loads of assets or code.

ZapWorks Studio

ZapWorks Studio is the tool you’ll use to create your mixed reality experiences for ZapBox. It comes with a 30-day free trial to get you started. Dive in today!

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ZapWorks Studio

How it works

How it works

The pointcodes

ZapBox includes a set of physical markers (you guessed it, made of cardboard) that you place around your room. We call these markers “pointcodes” and we’ve designed them to be detected and identified in camera images very quickly, even when they are small or if there are many of them in view at once.

Mapping

Mapping

Thanks to the joy of maths and our crack team of software wizards the ZapBox app is able to build a map of where all the pointcodes are in your room, and then use that map to work out your exact position and viewing direction using the pointcodes it can see at any time. We also use pointcodes on the ZapBox controllers to allow us to fully track them in 3D whenever they are visible to the camera.

Mapping
Room Scale Experiences

Room-Scale Virtual Reality Experiences

As well as Mixed Reality, ZapBox can also offer Room-Scale Virtual Reality experiences. The virtual content can completely cover up the camera feed shown in the background, putting you into an immersive, entirely virtual environment that will react to your movement in space. Any motion of the controllers in the real world will also be accurately mapped into the VR view to provide natural interaction with content.