Apple AR Kit, iOS 11 and iPhone X
Apple introduced the ARkit earlier this year, Tim Cook making it very clear about seeing potential in Augmented Reality more than Virtual Reality. ARkit is designed to work with your real-world environment, not even considering changes in lightning and shadows. The ARkit uses phones camera to measure the space around and display different objects, for example some of the most popular applications which took advantage of Augmented Reality are snapchat, Pokémon Go etc. These applications were designed by pro software developers but the Apple ARkit is different from these. The exciting part is that the ARkit is not an application rather it’s a free way for anybody to build new AR apps which will be able to run on any Apple’s iOS device.
Apple’s ARkit only runs on Apple iOS devices containing A9 processor. The ARkit is available on the newer version of iOS 11 beta. Which means that the new iPhone 8 and the iPhone X are equipped with these facilities. ARkit is a big leap in the right direction. Apple has provided us with a platform which can track and respond to the world as human’s experience.
There are two things which are to be considered. First, your phone will soon be able to use a combination of image and motion tracking data to gather your orientation and location. Then it will be able to recognize horizontal planes and surfaces, understand the physics of the scene and adapt to it. ARkit will allow people to augment the buildings and create new meaning out of the chaos. This kind of interaction will bring out the more ambitious approaches which have failed. But most people don’t want technology to usher them into entirely new plane of existence. They just want to solve the existing problems and make their lives simple.
It wouldn’t be the first time that apple has punched other competitive industries in the face. The videogame industry was dominated by expensive, complicated console games until the iPhone introduced the new concept of games like candy crush, angry birds etc.
Some may think that ARkit would be more like a horror dream which is stuck to our faces, always on, providing us with a lens to view a world that can be much scarier than anyone can imagine.
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