Niantic begins licensing its AR tech

Originally published on by Brendan Sinclair

Pokémon Go company launches Lightship AR dev kit as Niantic Ventures established to invest $20m in AR metaverse companies

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The creator of Pokémon Go is now licensing out its augmented reality tech to other developers, as Niantic today launched its Lightship AR development kit.

The Lightship ARDK includes tools intended to help developers create real-time 3D mesh maps using smartphone cameras, as well as occlusion features to let virtual objects be obscured by their real-world counterparts.

Other features include semantic segmentation that relies on computer vision to interpret what part of the real-world is sky, water, buildings,

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