During I / O 2022Google has released its ARCore Geospatial API to help developers build a more immersive, rich, and rewarding experience.
Augmented reality experiences are beginning to gain popularity beyond Pokémon Go. Now there are AR applications for creating floor plans, seeing what the furniture in your home will look like, understanding the world around you and even getting real-time information about the night sky.
Google showed improvements to its own AR solution, Lens, during this year’s I / O show. Consumers will be able to keep their devices up to the shelf of the store and see personalized information superimposed such as ratings, sugar or calories.
Now the company wants to help developers build the next generation of AR applications using almost 15 years of knowledge of Google Maps.
Geospatial API provides access to global localization – a technology that powers Live View in Google Maps from 2019. Developers can use it to anchor content at latitude, longitude and altitude in over 87 countries without being there or having to to scan physical space, saving significant time and resources.
“Detection and interaction with AR is faster and more accurate, as images from the scanned environment are instantly compared to our model of the world.” wrote Google in a blog post.
“This model was created using advanced machine learning techniques that extract trillions of 3D dots from Street View images, which are then used to calculate the device’s position and orientation in less than a second.
Google says its partners such as the NBA, Snap, Lyft and others are using APIs in various industries for next-generation AR applications.
Micromobility company Lime uses an API to help users know when their vehicle is in a valid parking space. This experience is currently being piloted in London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Bordeaux, Madrid and San Diego.
Telstra and Accenture help sports fans and concert goers find their way to their venues and facilities at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Meanwhile, DOCOMO and Curiosity have created a game in which players are repelled by dragons with robot companions around the sights of Tokyo.
Google has launched two open source demonstrations to help developers get started:
- Pop with balloons – Users place real-time balloons around the world that can be used as targets.
- Pocket garden – Consumers can practically decorate their neighborhoods with AR gardens.
The API is available in the ARCore SDK for Android and iOS and is compatible with all existing ARCore supported devices.
To begin, head here.
(Image credit: Google)
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