Apple’s AR Apps Are Going Vertical
Augmented reality just got a lot better.
iOS 11.3, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, is coming this spring and is offering more features than you’d expect. Apple’s next iOS update is going to be packed with new Animojis, health records, and battery controls.
However, one new component that has everyone raving is the modified augmented-reality apps that can now recognize vertical objects. Apple’s ARKit only had one limitation when the technology was introduced last June, and that was that you could only use the feature to place virtual items on horizontal surfaces such as floors and tables.
With the updated 1.5 version, you can now use computer vision to recognize images and integrate them into an AR scene. For example, a demo app has you point your camera at a poster of a lunar module hanging on the wall to launch an interactive video of the 1969 moon landing on the Sea of Tranquility. Other features include games that let users bounce a virtual ball off the floor and onto a round, dart board-like target on the wall.