Virtual & Augmented Reality App Development

BSD is an Interactive Innovation studio focused on building solutions that utilize immersive technologies to engage users. Our technology has been used for training, education, marketing, and more. We have experience working technology like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mobile games, mobile apps, and more. We work with companies that want to solve big problems and make a big impact.

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
headquarters
  • 370-112 Market Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R3B0P4
    Canada

Portfolio

Key clients: 
Some of our key clients include: The Manitoba Construction Sector Council, IBEW Local 2085, IBEW Local 353, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Kohler Co., Safe Workers of Tomorrow, Red River College, University of Manitoba 

Level Up VR 2 is a follow-up to 2018’s popular Level UP VR experience, which helps teach kids about workplace safety. The game is meant to instill a culture of hazard awareness in today’s youth as they prepare to enter the workforce.

https://bitspacedevelopment.com/our-projects/levelup2vr/

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Power Tools VR

Power Tools VR is a room-scale VR experience designed to help you learn how to use common power tools. It is meant to be a companion application for an instructor-led training class to give students hands-on experience with tools before they get to use the real thing.

https://bitspacedevelopment.com/our-projects/power-tools/

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Aerial Work Platform

BSD Developed an immersive learning experience for working at heights. This tool used both a custom peripheral to simulate the controls of a scissor jack or boom lift but also an immersive world that trains and tests users on how they operate this machinery.

MITT Welding Simulator

We assisted the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology in upgrading their welding simulator adding support for Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive, and future headsets. We added support for custom peripherals using the Vive Tracking Pucks and added the ability to assess the user. This project is a very exciting way to let users try the trades.

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Flag Person VR

Developed using Virtual Reality (SteamVR, HTC Vive) the user is placed on a virtual street where they are taught about flagging, the procedures, and how to safely flag for traffic. This experience was developed using the Manitoba Legislation and offered to organizations to enhance their training. 

https://levelupmb.ca/Home/LevelUpVR

Level Up brings you to a world where workplace hazards are all around and it's your job to fix them. The virtual experience helps you see how quickly a small thing, like an overstocked cupboard, can result in an injury. Can you make these job sites safe? Watch the video to see where your own skills

rank.

Developed with the Safe Workers of Tomorrow and Change Makers, Level up is an award-winning VR experience that was deployed for Google Cardboard & Steam VR compatible headsets. This game has been taken across Manitoba to communities promoting safety on the job site for kids getting their first job. 

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Living Space

Take off into space and learn about the solar system in virtual reality. Developed for Google Cardboard, kids can explore the solar system in their classroom.

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Trying The Trades 360 VR

The Manitoba Construction Sector Council partnered with Bit Space Development to create a series of educational videos to help students choose a career path in the trades. These short 360-degree video clips bring you to the job site to show you what it's like to work in the trades.

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Gerdau Steel VR

Gerdau approached Bit Space Development to help the company determine how it can best integrate virtual reality technology into its employee training processes. BSD worked with Gerdau to create a 360-degree training system for the steel production plant. 

Roadbuilder Safety Training Systems

WORKSAFELY, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association is dedicated to increasing safety in the industry. The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulations provide legal controls for the many hazards you will face. The heavy construction industry also has control measures in place to protect your safety.

Hazard assessment provides this assurance of safety. A hazard assessment is the identification of a safety or health

hazard with the communication of implemented control measures. A hazard assessment must be completed before beginning each job and at regular intervals thereafter. Your supervisor is responsible for ensuring it is done. He or she must also request input from you if you are available.

When the hazard assessment is completed, the supervisor must review it and clearly describe the control measures that ensure it is complete safely. That is why you attended a safety orientation on the first day of work and why safe work practices and safe job procedures are reviewed with you to ensure your competency.

The electrical construction industry is inherently dangerous and safety is paramount. There are dangers on all job sites, particularly for inexperienced new entrants such as youth, Indigenous people, women and newcomers pursuing pre-apprenticeship training. Virtual reality technology is proving to be a powerful tool in developing immersive training resources that allow most-at-risk workers to experience the hazards of a job

site safely from a classroom. The resulting increase in awareness of safety hazards leads to the adoption of safe work practices.

Virtual reality refers to computer-generated environments that simulate a person’s physical presence in the real world, enabling the user to partially determine what happens in the environment. The technology allows a pre-apprenticeship trainee to virtually explore a job site through a 360-degree lens using a cell phone and an Oculus headset.

IBEW Virtual Reality (VR) Safety includes a virtual reality application and a generic Facilitator’s Guide that NETCO assisted in adapting for use in the electrical construction industry. Five one-hour modules feature typical hazards: 

Slips, trips and falls

Struck by, caught between

Fire, explosion, toxicity and asphyxiation

Ergonomics, elements, noise

Electrocution

Winnipeg VR

The Technology

We shot the content using a couple different cameras. All of the content is in 360-degree photos and video. The cameras we used were:

Ricoh Theta S - Great for shooting large areas quickly, like the CN Rail Training Facility

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) - This camera we actually got later on, it shoots great photos and uses HDR. We used this for our outside locations like with the Blue

Bombers.

Supported Devices

360-Degree Content 

Fossil Discovery Adventure

There are 12 newly discovered dig sites located within the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba. We need your help in finding these dig sites to excavate and collect fossils. Put the skeleton back together to unlock special scan technology to see “Bruce”, our Guinness World Record holding Mosasaur in true-to-life scale, right before your eyes. This Augmented Reality (AR) feature will put you in the room with

life-sized “Bruce” as they swim and move with amazing detail.

Kohler’s augmented reality app is made easy to use and fast. Simply open the app and select “enable camera”. Then scan your room space to define the area. Once finished, the list of bathroom items will appear. Select any of the Sunstruck®, Numi®, Sensate®, Verdera®, Prolific®, Corbelle® and Reveal® to position in your defined space.

Using touch gestures, users can move it around or rotate it until they find the perfect

spot. Once an item has been placed in the area, users can select a few different animations that typically demonstrate how the item operates.

The current mainly features some of Kohler’s signature bathroom items, and it does not have the purchase feature embedded. Users still have to go on the site or visit the store to place an order.

About the App

The concept for this app was simple, blend all the elements you’d expect from a festival app (such as event schedule, where to buy tickets and an event map) with an innovative location-based augmented reality game.

Users would navigate around the city using the in-app map to hunt down 25+ specially designed augmented reality “game posters.” Each game poster would be tied to a location that fit

within the festival’s history, with the core 25 posters each representing a specific festival year. In addition to a poster for each festival year, an array of bonus posters provided deep dives into behind-the-scene stories and other interesting historical facts.
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CineGUIDE

CineGUIDE is an augmented reality AR app with the mission of enhancing the way digital media art is interacted with, for discovering cultural entertainment from around the world, on a platform for engaging at a level of interactivity available now for the first time.

MCSC and Bit Space team have been working together to come up with a game idea that simulates one of the most popular board games ever – Monopoly. We believe such a board game can stimulate players’ learning by great interactions. On the one hand, it is fun to play with multi-players; and easy to absorb knowledge on the other hand.

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Scaffolding Awareness

The Manitoba Home Builders Association in partnership with Manitoba Construction Sector Council received funding from Workers Compensation Board, Research and Workplace Innovation Program to develop an awareness course for scaffolding. Scaffolds and ladders are commonly used on construction sites. Fatal or disabling injuries continue to result from workers falling from the scaffolding that has been misused or poorly constructed

on a construction site. The majority of the workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.  
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Fall Protection

The Manitoba Homebuilders Association (MHBA) proposed the digitalization of four safety courses for use in both blended and on-line delivery of training in support of the MHBA’s safety training courses. The safety programs will be delivered at and in partnership with the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM). The target group or audience includes general laborers, tradespeople, new supervisors and safety trainers

working in homebuilders, commercial and the heavy construction industries and transportation. It is the intention of MHBA to share these resources with Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, Work Safely at Manitoba Heavy Construction’s Association, RPM Trucking Safety Association at Manitoba Trucking Association and other safety associations who would benefit from these interactive resources. 
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PPE app

Personal protection equipment is used to reduce or minimize exposure or contact to physical, chemical or biological hazards. A hazard cannot be eliminated by PPE, but the risk of injury can be eliminated or greatly reduced. Throughout this session, participants will be provided with the information on how to assess, select and determine the correct PPE for the work they are performing.

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CSAM WHS Legislation

The WHS Legislation app for CSAM brings legislation to a user friendly pocket tool for CSAM members. The tool allows members to search and save resources and legislation to help educate the community and keep people safe.

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Changing Winnipeg Interactive Table

state-of-the-art touchscreen table provides the opportunity to understand how the city has changed over time by exploring digital maps, pinning specific locations, and even releasing virtual floodwaters and a plague of locusts!

https://bitspacedevelopment.com/our-projects/changing-winnipeg/

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Food and Farm Discovery Center

Bit Space provides a web interface where they can create and edit their content with a WYSIWYG editor. The content is then displayed on their large touch-friendly displays powered by Unity. What you create on the online content editor is displayed in the Unity Application as shown in the editor.

The staff from the Museum have the full power to create as many categories and items they want. The Content displayed comes

with all the formats you would expect from Microsoft Docs. Within the museum, they serve as interactive digital media with the physical objects displayed.
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CSAM Auditor

The CSAM Audit tool automates and streamlines the audit process for COR companies in Manitoba. This web dashboard was developed to help make it easier to organize and perform audits for safety.

Reviews

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Unity VR Software Dev for Education Company

"They’re well-staffed, and they were able to usher us through our first VR project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2017–2018
Project summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. developed a workplace safety VR application for iOS, Android, and HTC Vive for an advertising agency. They wrote scripts, created designs, and helped determine technological options.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Winnipeg, Canada
Senior Consultant, ChangeMakers
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Bit Space Development Ltd. successfully delivered the app, which has won an emerging media award and is used by thousands of users each year. The team contributed conceptually to the product plan and made smart suggestions for improvement. They communicated well and were mindful of deadlines.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior consultant at ChangeMakers, an advertising agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We engaged Bit Space Development Ltd. when we were working with one of our clients to create a VR experience to help young adults learn about workplace safety.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We relied on Bit Space Development Ltd. to develop a version for iOS and Android using Unity, as well as a VR version for HTC Vive. They guided us through the process of identifying our needs and determining what the technology was capable of. We anticipated a target audience of young adults entering the workforce, and we tasked Bit Space Development Ltd. with writing scripts and creating design elements to appeal to those users.

What is the team composition?

We worked with 4–5 people.

How did you come to work with Bit Space Development Ltd.?

We learned of Bit Space Development Ltd. through an online search and from a reference. We met with several providers, but we determined Bit Space Development Ltd. was the best fit. They’re well-staffed, and they were able to usher us through our first VR project.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement spanned about 12 months from 2017–2018. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We showcase the application at events, tradeshows, and career fairs, where the app is used by tens of thousands of users each year. We also won an emerging media award for the app.

How did Bit Space Development Ltd. perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated weekly. They adapted well to our needs and timelines. They added value to the project and made suggestions that worked better than specific ideas we had.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They work quickly and efficiently. There’s nothing we’ve asked of them that they said was outside of their abilities.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we worked well together.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Engage them from the conceptual stages because they are really helpful in providing that sort of advice.

5.0
Overall Score I’d be happy to work with them again.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They rarely missed a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They completed all of the work within the cost guidelines.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly what we asked for.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d refer them to anyone. We may even engage them in the future.

Mobile App Dev for Museum

"The passion they bring to their work and the ease at which they communicate stood out to us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Among other projects, Bit Space Development Ltd. built an Android and iOS audio guide app for a museum. It scans QR codes and lets users manually select audio recordings. The team tested the app before launch.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Morden, Canada
Peter Cantelon
Executive Director, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app is free of bugs and has received praise from visitors, leading to more work for Bit Space Development Ltd. The team delivered high-quality development work on time while providing insightful guidance. Proactiveness, responsiveness, and openness allowed the project to run smoothly.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the executive director of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. The CFDC is a natural history museum focused on the display and curation of Canada's largest collection of marine reptile fossils and the world's largest Mosasaur.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Bit Space Development Ltd.?

Bit Space Development Ltd. has helped us out with numerous projects including an augmented reality fossil hunt and two mobile audio guide projects.

What were your goals for this project?

For the mobile audio guide, our goal was to transition away from traditional proprietary handheld audio guides to use the ubiquitous mobile device all of our clients own. 

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

The vendor came highly recommended through contacts in the industry.

Describe the project in detail.

Bit Space Development Ltd. developed an easy-to-use app that allows users to scan QR codes at various displays for audio commentary or select the station manually on their mobile device. We first made a project plan that incorporated the goals of the museum and rolled out along with regular updates to us. Bit Space Development Ltd. completed the app in beta before testing it to our approval. The app is available in the Google Play and Apple stores for our clients to use.

What was the team composition?

We worked directly with the lead developer. They contacted us at each step along the way, occasionally requesting comment on development progress, look and feel, and other areas.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The app has been a big hit. Our clients have no issues using the app, and it has augmented our visitor's experience. As a result, we will be continuing to work with Bit Space Development Ltd. on the expansion of the audio guide as well as additional AR work in the future. It has been a very positive experience, and I would highly recommend their team.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Communication was open and easy. Bit Space Development Ltd. was always available and responsive.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The passion they bring to their work and the ease at which they communicate stood out to us. Bit Space Development Ltd. kept us informed and guided us when some of our vision needed tweaking.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We encountered nothing that required improvement.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer