Google has introduced augmented reality platform, allowing to place virtual objects in the real world. Description of the platform, called ARCore, was published in the Google blog for Android developers.
The new Google platform is a set of software tools (SDK), through which third-party developers can implement augmented reality technologies in their applications. Using data from the camera, accelerometer and gyroscope, ARCore determines the exact position of the device in the surrounding space. In addition, the system accurately determines the horizontal surfaces and allows you to “tie” to them the position of virtual objects. It also allows for ambient lighting and allows developers to realistically highlight the objects in their applications or create shadows.
Note that this is not the first such development of Google. Earlier, the company introduced the Tango platform, however unlike ARCore it is compatible only with two smartphones available on the market that are equipped with special cameras. ARCore, according to the developers, will be able to work not only with new devices, but also with existing ones, including Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.
Google expects that by the end of the test period, the terms of which are not specified, ARCore will be used for 100 million devices.