This week Niantic introduced Lightship VPS, a system designed to make potential correct localization of AR units at a big scale to allow location-based AR content material that may also be persistent and multi-user. Whereas the primary implementation of the system will have to be baked into particular person apps, the corporate says it’s bringing the tech to WebAR too.
With the launch of Lightship VPS (visible positioning system), Niantic is staking its declare within the AR house by providing up an underlying map on which builders can construct AR apps that are tied to real-world areas. Having the ability to localize AR apps to real-world areas means these apps can have persistent digital content material that all the time seems in the identical location on the planet, even for various customers on the similar time.
The system is constructed into Niantic’s Lightship ARDK, which is a set of instruments (together with VPS) that builders can use to construct AR apps. In the interim, VPS could be added to apps that customers will obtain onto their telephone, however Niantic says it additionally plans to make a model of VPS that may work from a smartphone’s internet browser. Whereas it’s not prepared simply but, the corporate confirmed some dwell demos of the browser-based VPS in motion this week.
WebAR is a basis of applied sciences that enable AR experiences to run immediately from a smartphone’s internet browser. Constructing AR into the online means builders can deploy AR experiences to customers which can be simple to share and don’t have the friction of going to an app retailer to obtain a devoted app (you’ll be able to take a look at an instance of a WebAR expertise right here).
Because of Niantic’s current acquisition of WebAR specialist eighth Wall, the corporate is now poised to make VPS suitable with eighth Wall’s WebAR instruments, bringing the identical large-scale AR positioning capabilities to internet builders. Although it confirmed off the primary demos this week, the corporate hasn’t stated when the WebAR model of VPS will change into out there.