Niantic acquires 3D mobile scanning app Scaniverse

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by James Batchelor

Acquisition will further enable Niantic developers and users to create a 3D map of the world using smartphones

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Pokémon Go developer Niantic has acquired Scaniverse for an undisclosed sum.

Developed by Toolbox AI, this mobile app enables users to capture, edit and share 3D scans of real-world objects using only a smartphone camera.

As part of the deal, Scaniverse founder and CEO Keith Ito will join Niantic’s AR engineering team.

The acquisition plays into Niantic’s grander ambitions to created a “dynamic spatial map of the world” built from renders of 3D scanned locations.

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