Since its launch early last year, Google has been quietly improving its augmented reality platform, ARCore, according tomedia reports. The company now says it is ready to upgrade it, and that the new upgrade will make the AR experience look more real in the future. These new upgrades are part of ARCore’s new Depth API, which will soon allow developers to complete so-called “masking.” That is, in an AR scene, virtual artificial objects are obscured by real objects in the scene.
(From: Google, via Theverge)
For example, when you build a virtual cat in a room, you can see the cat disappear from view when you place the camera angle between the bed or table or other object.
Depth detection gives the smartphone a better understanding of each object in the scene and the distance between the objects, which means the AR scene will become more authentic.
Google says it can do this by optimizing existing software, so consumers don’t need to buy phones with specific sensors or processors. And the process is all done locally on your phone and doesn’t rely on any help from the cloud.
Users can use these new features as long as there is an ARCore-enabled phone, and it’s worth noting that almost every Android phone has supported ARCore in the past few years.
Google hasn’t opened up these new features to the public yet, but they are likely to appear in the app and AR web experience sometime next year.