Niantic Shows off the Future of AR with New Pokémon Tech Demo
Pokémon GO developer Niantic released today a video that features a tech demo of the new technology that will be coming to Augmeted Reality. This new technology is called “Niantic Occlusion” and according to the video below, it appears that the objects in AR now interact better with real-life space, as they hide behind objects and evade moving people.
Check out the tech demo video of Niantic Occlusion Technology, featuring the new technology in action:
Here’s what Niantic has said about this new tech:
“The recently acquired Matrix Mill team at Niantic has spent years building and perfecting deep neural networks that can infer information about the surrounding world from one or more cameras. This technology redefines how machines see and understand the 3D world and more importantly, how digital objects can interact with the real elements of it…”
“In the above AR experience of Codename: Niantic Occlusion, you can see Pikachu and Eevee weaving through and around different objects in the real world, dodging feet and hiding behind planters. This level of integration into the environment around us is a proof-of-concept that excites us about the future of AR.”
Whether Niantic actually plans to implement this new tech into Pokémon GO, or maybe even use it for new, different projects, is currently unclear. It certainly seems that way, though, potentially being the start of a much-improved AR experience within the Pokémon mobile phenomenon.
“About Pokémon GO
Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO gives you the chance to explore real locations and search far and wide for Pokémon. More and more Pokémon from the Pokémon universe continue to appear around the globe, including rare and powerful Legendary Pokémon.
As you move around the places where you live and visit, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it—but be careful, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places—such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments—where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items.”