Recently, Apple announced the second version of the technology ARKit, and developers have already begun to demonstrate its capabilities in their demo products.
The announcement ARKit 2.0 brought almost no emotion in public. She’s bored. The same thing happened last year. The fact that users do not see much point in augmented reality when you have to fiddle with a phone or tablet. A big part of already developed games and apps just uncomfortable.
When on stage WWDC come from Lego and show a new game that involves real and virtual objects, people look at iPad and I can not understand, why do we need some real toys, if you can just run a 3D game on your tablet.
And such questions arise in relation to most AR applications. And the answer to them one – AR-glasses. As soon as Apple will unveil its own gadget from this category, the AR section of the App Store will flourish.
Developer Nathan Hitter – one of the enthusiasts who understands what will eventually lead to the current ARKit, since the announcement of the second version of the technology has already been shown in a few demo products.
The first sign was the “living newspaper”. In conventional paper publishing suddenly there were animations and videos. Just like in the popular book about Harry Potter.
Bringing newspapers to life with #ARKit. 📰📱
Animated weather maps and sports highlights are just the beginning! Built with #ARKit2 on #iOS12. pic.twitter.com/JVth2FQCFw
— Nathan Gitter (@nathangitter) June 23, 2018
After some time, Gitter showed another example. This time revived Apple products. As soon as the field of view includes box with headphones of the Corporation, and above it appeared the product in full size and various information about it. If the living newspaper is causing some confusion (who is going to read them in the future?), then there is no doubt about the usefulness of technology remains. One day, going to the store for milk, it is enough to look at the packet and see the date of manufacture, not looking for worn labels.
Image tracking in #ARKit2. So many potential applications! pic.twitter.com/tSrpupjIXU
— Nathan Gitter (@nathangitter) June 17, 2018
The third example was published recently. In it Nathan showed enhanced interface for watchOS, which is projected onto the user’s hand, as in the famous movie “spy Kids”.
This technology erases any physical constraints on such tiny devices like the Apple Watch. If the clock suddenly will send a video or photo, you no longer have to stare at a small screen. You can watch video on large virtual display, while not limiting the review of real objects, as this could be the case with VR.
Imagining future interactions of AR with wearables. 😎⌚app
Using #ARKit image detection to recognize images displayed on an Apple Watch, showing more information in AR. Built with #ARKit2 on #iOS12. pic.twitter.com/2PETNbRO3Q
— Nathan Gitter (@nathangitter) July 7, 2018
Further – more. In the near future people will be able to interact directly with the virtual world, touching it. If we put aside all the romance and look at technology from a practical point of view, ARKit will expand the capabilities of the smartphone. For example, you can get beyond the screen some note that the user would like to always keep in sight. Or output notifications. In fact, the possibilities AR glasses of the future will be limited only by the imagination of developers. And Nathan Hitter have proven that with imagination the programmers all right.
But when the AR glasses will become a mainstream product, as now smartphones, the world will change completely. Will, for example, like this:
However, let’s wait and see. The main thing that the advertisers do not yet bright AR-the world is too fast.