Creating a custom project

Paid users can instantly create inspectAR projects

Project Creation
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January 14, 2021

All InspectAR projects begin at app.inspectar.com. After logging onto app.inspectar.com for the first time with your temporary login credentials (auto-generated and sent to you via email after payment or assigned via seat delegation), you will be prompted to change it.


Additionally, the web app is where you can go for all administrative settings - update your profile, change or reset your password, read/update details about your organization, etc. We recommend updating your profile and linking a DigiKey account at minimum.


Once you are logged in at app.inspectar.com, you are now ready to upload a new project. The home screen features a “New Project” button on the “Projects” screen Clicking this will prompt a modal to open, allowing you to create a new project. Here, you can:

  • Name your project
  • Upload the manufacturing-output files (.kicad_brd file for KiCAD users, .brd for Eagle users, or an IPC2581b file from Altium, Cadence and many other EDAs)
  • Share this project with your team. If you select this, then everyone in your closed organization will be able to use this project.

Pro tip: KiCAD and Eagle users can upload their custom projects for FREE

If you need help with exporting files from your EDA or creating a BOM, please refer to the help center articles for Project Creation. You can add or replace a BOM for existing projects anytime by clicking the orange "Add BOM” button found in each project square on the home page.

Once your project has been named and files have been uploaded, select the “confirm” button. You may need to wait some time to let the backend process your files(this may take anywhere from 1 to 10 minutes, depending on file complexity). In the meantime, you can upload new projects, refresh the page, or even exit out of the web app.


You're now ready to install the application on your device.

Upon opening the app and logging in, you will be navigated to the Project Selection screen. From here, you can browse through projects created on the web application. Upon selecting a project, a side menu will appear where you can Unsubscribe, Calibrate or Launch the project

  • Unsubscribe: Deletes the project from your account.
  • Calibrate: If this is your first time using a project you will need to calibrate it (see Calibration Step). You may also want to re-calibrate and/or add additional calibrations to a board depending on whether the board is populated or not, or is being used in a significantly different lighting and background environment as compared to the original calibration. It's good practice to re-calibrate a board if you are having difficulty getting your overlays to track. If the project has already been calibrated by you or a team member that shared the calibration, then you are ready to launch.
  • Launch: This will run the program and launch your project
Projects Dashboard

Within the app you there are five areas of interest:

(1) The Board: This is your circuit board. The device under test (DUT). This is where the action will happen and you can see your overlays.

(2) The Taskbar: Near the top of the screen, you will find a number of buttons with various functions — You can toggle all AR features, toggle AR stabilization, freeze your screen (you can still change overlays), toggle canvas zoom function (like freeze frame but the camera stays active), focus the camera, toggle the active overlays, info and add overlay menus, undo an overlay, and exit to the project selection screen.

AR Scene on Mobile Device

(3) Active Overlays: Once activated, this window allows you to make batch edits to the overlays you are seeing - here you can show/hide them and bulk-delete overlays.

(4) Info Pane: Once activated, this window gives you useful information about the overlays you see - like component pinouts, associated nets, the data sheet of a component, and more.

(5) Add Overlays: Once activated, you can search for a feature, or find it deterministically by using the nets, components, and layers tabs. You can also filter what kind of features you want to display.

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