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Google Launches Augmented Reality Paltform ARCore

September 10, 2017
Google Launches Augmented Reality Paltform ARCore
Google has launched a new Augmented Reality (AR) platform named ARCore. The main purpose of the ARCore initiative is to infuse AR to millions of Android devices. The advantage of ARCore is its ability to work without any additional hardware and is compatible with Google Pixel and Samsung S8 series smartphones. However, the device should run on Android 7.0 Nougat and above. If you look at the Project Tango, it is limited to two mobile devices alongside additional hardware.

According to Google, the ARCore is designed based on the Project Tango and is the culmination of the work done over the past three years. It is possible to make use of the ARCore with Unity, Java, OpenGL including Unreal. The Motion Tracking capability is used to identify not only the position but also orientation of the phone. You will be able to track virtual objects accurately.

Meanwhile, the Surface detection feature is used to place objects within the environment and merges them to horizontal surfaces such as table or floor. The virtual objects can also be tracked in a realistic way with the Light estimation functionality.

The search-engine giant has also created Tilt Brush and Blocks apps, which automatically creates 3D content for AR apps oriented for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Interestingly, Apple also announced the launch of ARKit, which is also used to work with AR apps on smartphones. 

As of this writing, the ARKit is in beta stage and will be part of the iOS 11 scheduled to launch on September 12. The full version of ARCore will release by the end of 2017 and will be available to more than 100 million Android users.