Using

Display.land 101

A practical guide to capturing and editing reality

What is Display.land?

Display.land is a new app from Ubiquity6 that generates 3D captures of physical spaces using the everyday smartphone camera, empowering anyone to create shared digital spaces for self-expression and creativity.

How does Display.land work?

Display.land generates 3D Captures using a process called photogrammetry. It uses many images of the same geometry taken from different perspectives to create a 3D reconstruction of the scene. It’s the same reason animals have two eyes - you can’t tell how far away things are with just one eye open.

What does Display.land record?

Display.land records a video and a big packet of sensor data. This information is sent to our servers, where we turn it into a 3D model. We never share your video with any other company, and we don’t extract any information from the video that isn’t relevant to the capture. See our Privacy Principles for more info.

What is happening while I am taking a capture?

The app is simultaneously recording a video and tracking your position in space. It’s important that this tracking is relatively accurate, although it’s OK if you notice it ‘drifting’ a little bit during your capture. You can tell if there’s any ‘drift’ by checking that the dots in the video match up to the real world.

What are the dots?
The dots represent geometric points in the world. When a specific point is captured from a few angles, a dot will appear in your video. The dots only show up if you move your camera. They help you remember what you have already captured and can be used as a visual guide. A good density of dots means that an area has been captured well.


Currently, the dots are only available on iOS. Dots for Android are coming soon.
What does the bar at the bottom of my screen do?
The bar measures your progress through a capture. It counts ‘frames’, or the number of perspectives from which you’ve viewed the scene. It’s triggered by movement, not time.
Can I adjust the camera’s exposure or focus?
Not yet, but you can adjust the brightness by tapping the lightbulb icon. You can also trigger the MiniMap view by tapping the dots icon on the left side of Display.land’s camera screen.
Do I need to move while I’m taking a capture?
Yes! Display.land’s camera is like the opposite of the ‘panorama’ mode on your phone’s camera. Instead of recording many things from one perspective, you record one thing from many perspectives. This means moving your body through the space.
How do I know when I’m done?
This depends on the size and complexity of your capture! A simple object like a fire hydrant might only require the minimum number of frames, while a full basketball court might require the maximum.

Make sure you’ve gotten all the stuff you care about from at least two perspectives. Don’t forget to capture the backsides of things too!
What’s with the multi-step processing?

1. Uploading - When your capture is in Uploading mode, we are compressing the video file and sending it to our servers. This part could take a few minutes depending on your internet connection at the time. Uploading requires a significant amount of data, so it is best to upload your capture while on WiFi. During this step your capture remains private.

2. Processing
- When your capture is in Processing mode, we are busy building your 3D creation! Processing time depends on the size of your capture. Smaller captures will take anywhere between 5-10 minutes. Larger captures may take up to a few hours. During this step your capture remains private.

3. Preview - When your capture moves into Preview mode, this is your chance to edit your capture before publishing. You can crop your capture, decorate with 3D objects, and write a caption. This is also when you decide if you would like your capture to be public or personal. But don’t worry— you can also go back and edit your capture or change the visibility settings once it has been published.

Does Display.land work when I don’t have service?

Unfortunately, we do not have an official offline mode at the moment. We are working hard to make this feature available.

Troubleshooting

A practical guide to capturing and editing reality

Account
When signing up, I did not receive a text message. What do I do?

The best resolution for this issue is to restart your phone and try again.  Otherwise, try waiting a few hours and the issue should resolve itself.  If not reach out to feedback@ubiquity6.com and we can investigate further. 

I do not have a phone number to enter when downloading Display.land. Can I still use the app? 

You can create an account with an email or phone number.

I have an international number. Can I still use the app?

Yes! Just be sure to click the flag icon and use the drop down to scroll and select your country. Your country code will then automatically populate.

How do I delete my account? 

To delete your account, please go to Settings and press Delete Account.

Devices
Will Displayland work on my device?

A list of specific device models that are currently supported can be found here:
Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10
Pixel 4, 3, 3XL, 2, 2XL
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X
iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7Plus, 6s, SE

If your phone is not one of the supported devices, you may still be able to download and run Display.land from the Google Play store. However, we cannot guarantee the app’s functionality on unsupported devices as they have not passed Quality Assurance. For best results, we recommend using Display.land on one of the devices listed above. We are always adding to the list of devices we support.

Why isn’t my device supported?

Our app requires ARCore.  If your Android device does not support ARCore then unfortunately your device is not supported at the moment to use display.land.

App Bugs & Features
My capture is stuck in upload mode. What do I do?

Please close and restart your app. Make sure you have a strong internet connection, as well. 

How do I resolve the No Internet Connection bug?

First confirm that you do have wifi or a strong cell signal.  If you do have strong internet connection, please press the retry button on the screen. 

Can I view my capture using VR, such as Oculus Quest?

Yes! All spaces are viewable on any VR headset that has a web browser. All you have to do is point the browser to the URL of the space that you want to see. You can snag the URL by going into the app, selecting the share icon, and copying the link.

The link is pretty long, so we recommend using a URL shortener. You can copy/paste the link for your space into bit.ly for example, and then just type in the shortened link into your VR browser.

Then, you should see a link pop up in the top right when your page is loading that says “Enter VR” - just select that with your controller, and it’ll drop you into the scene.

Can I download my capture as a 3D model?

You can download any of your captures as a 3D model, which you can then use with any compatible 3D software. We currently support OBJ, GLTF, and PLY file formats, which make it possible to use captures from display.land in Blender, Cinema4D, Unity, Unreal, Maya, and most other popular creative software applications. Just open one of your captures in a desktop web browser, and click the download button in the upper-right corner of the screen. You’ll need to be logged in to see it.

I have an awesome idea for a feature or thoughts on how the app can be improved. Where should I send my feedback?

We love hearing from our Creator Community. Please send us your feature requests, ideas, and general app feedback to feedback@ubiquity6.com or on our Discord.