How Will Google ARCore and Apple ARKit Be Revolutionary for Augmented Reality?

by shivamujoshi September 10, 2017

Where Are We Going The ‘Next’?

Pokemon Go wasn’t just a fad a year ago. It was a Stardust moment for the world to see the expanding frontiers in the field of Augmented Reality. The elements (read Pokemon) on a device’s screen interact with the real world and give a ‘real-time’ experience in a breakthrough style. The world went into overdrive whilst playing the game. No stopping, whatever. It was absolute frenzy, but we’re just at the tip of the iceberg. The real beauty was yet to unfold. The depths were yet to explore. And, who else could we expect to further the AR trend and burnish it? Apple and the recent being, Google. Facebook is also trying to push the agenda and we’re sure, the trend isn’t settling down anywhere else.

Capitalizing on Pokemon Go, serving as the entry point to the world of Augmented Reality, Apple jumped into the pool with its ARKit, a resource pack that enables iOS app developers to bring the boon of AR into iPhones and iPads, more specifically, by means of advanced motion sensors, environmental understanding and tracking capabilities. Simply speaking, the experience is on its way to get more immersive. And, the correspondence between real and virtual world will get more subtle. Apple’s new stunt in AR sector will significantly revolutionize the way we interact with our smartphones. It has made it easier for the developers to pair AR chops into the apps. And more exciting up a gear, as iOS 11 is said to be compatible with it. There are many mobile app development trends ringing in the multi-billion dollar industry, and AR is evolving to turns the things around.

And, treading on the similar lines, Google, as its rollout in the AR ring, launched ARCore. For those, who might confuse ARCore with Tango, there’s a reality check. ARCore is much sophisticated in a sense that it doesn’t require any sensors and cameras, which is an indispensability with Tango. The latter is an over-specification of what AR can be, requiring specialized cameras, something that’s difficult to calibrate with traditional smartphones. Much like ARKit, ARCore is a neat AR facility. And, has all that jazz that ARKit equips – recognizing motion, lighting the environment and identifying flat surfaces, a feature that’s useful if you wish to place digital stuff and props on a table, floor or any flat surfaces.

But, the only point of difference is – while ARKit will be available later, possibly with the launch of iOS 11, Google’s ARCore is available right now. In a first, Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 will be having AR-based competence, followed by many Android smartphones working on Nougat or above by the end of the year. ARKit, however, is comparatively flexible in applying, since Apple has its individualistic hardware and software, and knows which dots to combine to work up its AR. Google has to go a mile extra to fit its AR abilities to its range of Android devices.

Post the good focus, it’s time to emphasize the caveats. Since no innovation has ever freed itself from its complexities. Most of the AR success depends upon how clear and stable the camera capture is. If you’re doing image analysis, a part of the world tracking feature, the image has to be clear and adequately lit. Motion is another defining factor. ARKit and ARCore can do image analysis when the object is moving, and be moving at the right pace. Too fast or too slow a motion can blur the entire effect and will trigger a bad tracking quality.

This draws up an important conclusion. AR-based smartphone apps should be efficient enough to not be affected by such inadequacies. This could take a Godzilla of efforts, but ultimately, the results will be beyond great.

What Does the Future Hold?

It’s clear that we’re on the cusp of AR revolution. And, it sounds pretty explosive. This amalgam of digital world with that of real has already met its share of success with Pokemon Go. Still, there’s a lot to be seen. And, tech companies around the world are enthusiastically engineering their AR products for better and handier smartphone real-time experiences.

Wondering how? Then, you should simply check out this AR-based restaurant app, which will definitely make you rub your eyes twice.

And, for a Pokemon-like experience, you should look at this pet game that’s too cute and tempting to handle.

Coming to future, it looks promising. The AR technology, as transformed by world’s two biggest tech hotshots, is paving way for newer fashions. Not to beat about the bush, the ability of object recognition is a key feature in Intel’s Movidius Myriad X VPU. Also, as we know Qualcomm is batting a thousand with each of its Snapdragon chipsets, the AR technology might just boost depth sensing on smartphones via multiple cameras. The chipsets might come up with Spectra image signal processor that makes it possible to see more accurate 3D maps on the smartphones.

Since the AR is expected to be fuelled by Qualcomm’s heavy-tech chipsets, developers will have a brilliant chance to develop apps much convincing in style and utility. And, enhanced AR experiences for the world to bask in. Now, consider the online shopping catalogs. Many online portals provide a feature where you can try and see if your purchase will exact your requirements. If shopping catalogs are replaced with AR-based catalogs, things will be awesome to a whole new degree.

AR could also be a great driving force for creating video games, for we already know how addictive Pokemon Go has been. Also, it will be highly conducive for the growth of various sectors, such as education, military, real estate, brand promotion and so on.

It’s simple. We’re transcending to a different future altogether. Your smartphone will be a gateway to the virtual elements fused seamlessly into the real world. A prism to the 3D space like we’ve summarily imagined. It’s the grand evolution of machine learning processes, and we bet, it’s going to be worth watching.

End Notes

Augmented Reality, to speak simply, is a fun take on your normal doings. Taking a walk in the park? Have a digital pet to give you company. At a restaurant? Find what to order in the 3D styled menu. Amazing, right. But don’t forget, we’re witnessing AR at its babyish level so far. There is a lot to explore and do. Just like every tech innovation, AR has its loopholes too. Many of its aspects are still ambiguous to interpret. Problems will be solved. Steadily. Till then, live each moment of this dynamic digitization fully.

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