- Developers start using ARKit’s new features in iOS 11.3 by showing them in video
José Alberto Lizana
Posted on February 01, 2018 – 15:46
One of the new features of iOS 11.3 is the update of ARKit to version 1.5, giving more tools to developers so they can give flight to their imagination and create incredible applications for users, because for Apple augmented reality is the future of technology and they do not want to stop supporting it with this kind of tool for developers.
With ARKit 1.5 the possibilities are many as for example to be able to use the irregular platforms, not having to force the user to point at a table or the floor to be able to recreate the figure you want to see in Augmented Reality. The recognition and mapping of vertical surfaces such as walls and doors has also been improved , so we can now place objects on a wall, and not necessarily on a horizontal surface.
Developers have been using these tools for just over a week in the first iOS 11.3 beta, and already there have been many demonstrations on Twitter of what they can do with everything Apple has provided.
Taking advantage of the possibility of detecting a wall as a valid platform to place an object, in this video we see how a fairly realistic tunnel is projected on an ordinary wall.
And if what we want is an augmented reality game using this feature, the developers have also shown us that it is possible now. For example, in the following video we see a monster in space that interacts with the environment.
Just like the Ikea app you can put furniture on the floor of your room, have you thought about the walls? With ARKit 1.5 you can point at a blank wall and place a painting for example, can you imagine a museum with white walls and the works can only be seen through your smartphone? We may see it soon.
Another feature of ARKit in iOS 11.3 is the ability to focus on an image and have it recognized by displaying information about it . For example, a poster from a movie or a barcode of a product.
These are the first brushstrokes we are seeing of ARKit 1.5 and of augmented reality in general in a device like the iPhone. We see that in the future we will have incredible applications on our terminal that will help us in our day to day and that will be based on augmented reality, and who knows if they will be compatible with future AR glasses.
What is clear is that this technology is the future as Apple’s CEO Tim Cook says, and we hope that developers will continue to exploit it as well.
Leave us in the comment box what you think of the demonstrations we have shown.
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