The Sunmaster App: we understand how shade works. Now you can too
If you’re involved in the Shade industry you need to understand the sun’s path and how shade works! You need to able to quickly and accurately predict ‘what degree of shade cover’ a particular type of shade solution will deliver at any location, anytime of day and any day during the year. See figure 1.
Ideal for shade designers the Sun Master App with shadow length calculator, Azimuth and Elevation angle predictor and augmented reality function allows the designer to accurately determine sun positioning indoors, outdoors and on cloudy days. The Sunmaster App allows the designer to determine the sun’s path, the shadowing effective and placement of shade on the ground. See figure 2.
The Sun Master App has an augmented reality feature. Augmented reality is defined as ‘a live or direct view of the physical or real world environment whose elements are augmented by computer generated sensory input’. The App allows the user through the camera function of the phone to view a live landscape and determine exact sun position. This feature can also be used to identify the exact location of the sun in an indoor environment or on a cloudy day. See figure 3.
The screen illustrates altitude angle, azimuth angle of the particular view as well as the exact sun location.
The Sun Master App allows the user to change the date and time on the device and visualise the exact sun position on the chosen date and time settings. That is, the user places the camera feature at the proposed positioning of the shade. The Sun Master App illustrates the position of the sun today. Then, to identify the position of the sun on a specific date, the user changes the settings in the date function. The augmented reality function demonstrates the outcome of the change of date and sun position. So the user is able to graphically see a real worldview of the position of the sun at the nominated date.
By demonstrating this to the client an accurate shade solution can be developed with the client having an immediate and exact understanding of the proposal.
Sun Master App Features:
The Sun Master App is an innovation developed by Design Engineer Trevor Scott specifically for those building designers working in the shade industry.