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Pokemon Go Creator Niantic Announces AR Mapping and ‘Real-World Metaverse’

Pokemon Go Creator Niantic Announces AR Mapping and ‘Real-World Metaverse’

Pokémon Go creator Niantic this week announced its new location mapping software for AR, VPS, as well as a new location-based social network called Campfire.

Niantic’s Vision Positioning System enables developers to empower users to determine their position and orientation and pin AR content, adding locations to Niantic’s AR map of the world to create their own location-based AR apps and experiences. There are 30,000 such public places available, including San Francisco, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York and more. Niantic says that VPS is powered by scans of its real-world players known as Wayspots taken from Ingress and Pokémon Go, as well as millions of photos taken on devices like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

Then there’s Campfire, which Niantic describes as a “real-world metaverse”:

Campfire is a real-world social network that starts with a map and aggregates people, events, communities, and messages. We think of it as the “home page” of the real-world metaverse: a place where players can discover other players in their area, message and share content, host their own events and meetups, and foster the kinds of social connections in the world. actual they have. has always been at the heart of what Niantic does.

Campfire’s social integration will allow future users to have real-life encounters for events like Pokémon Go raids and more.

VPS is part of Niantic’s Lightship platform, which allows devices to cooperate using shared AR experiences in real time. With innovation from companies like Niantic, AR promises to be one of the best iPhone features of the future and could also pave the way for great experiences in products like Apple VR.

You can read all the Lightship Summit announcements here.

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