Niantic has acquired 6D.ai, an augmented actuality firm that’s constructing a 3D map of the world utilizing solely smartphone cameras.
CEO John Hanke mentioned in a weblog publish that the dynamic, 3D map of the world might allow new sorts of planet-scale AR experiences.
“This means we’re even closer to an AR platform that will unlock the ability for any developer to make content for current and future AR hardware,” Hanke mentioned.
Niantic has at all times wished to infuse our each day lives and routines with a little bit of enjoyable and journey by constructing an augmented world that parallels the bodily.
“This bold pursuit requires significant advancements in AR technology that can only be made possible with an accurate and constantly updated 3D map of the real world,” Hanke mentioned. “Now, we’ll be able to leverage 6D.ai’s deep expertise and significant breakthroughs in AR research and engineering to further our ongoing work in support of our mission.”
Above: 6D.ai founders Matt Miesnieks (left) and Victor Prisacariu.
Founded in 2017, 6D.ai was spun out from Oxford University’s Active Vision Lab, constructing pc vision-based applied sciences and developer instruments that clear up basic AR issues, reminiscent of 3D reconstruction and AR persistence. 6D.ai used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon-based XR know-how.
These and plenty of different AR options are vital elements of the Niantic expertise, in service of participant and developer communities. For the individuals who play Niantic video games at the moment, it means extra AR experiences to come back, and for builders, the corporate believes it has an progressive platform to carry their AR visions to life.
Hanke mentioned we have now simply scratched the floor of the influence that AR can have on our connection to the individuals and locations round us.
“Imagine everyone, at the same time, being able to experience Pokémon habitats in the real world or watch dragons fly through the sky and land on buildings in real-time,” Hanke mentioned. “Imagine our favorite characters taking us on a walking tour of hidden city gems, or friends leaving personal notes for others to find later.”
These are only a few examples of the sorts of experiences that large-scale AR mapping can allow, Hanke mentioned. 6D.ai had 16 workers once we wrote about them final August.