Apple's ARKit 3 with Body tracking and Human Occlusion
Apple announced the release of ARKit 3 at the beginning of June, at its annual WWDC 19 developer conference. Apple’s ARKit 3 offers body tracking of people within view, as well as their occlusion. Occulsion means that people are now placed in front of objects, rather than virtual objects always appearing on top, for a more natural experience. Apple is really focusing on how people interact with augmented reality (AR), and this is great new addition the the user experience.
However, Apple’s ARKit 3 body tracking footage shown at the conference, looks a bit rough. It looks like there are still some tracking issues. Overall, a really fun addition to augmented reality tools, and great for enaging children.
Apple released new applications in preparation for the upcoming release of their smart glasses. These have been rumoured in the industry for sometime, but now to be released around mid 2020. It also announced two other major tools; RealityKit and Reality Composer.
RealityKit is a new developer tool offering photo realistic rendering, environment mapping and animation effects. 3D audio and motion blur as well. Apple writes:
“RealityKit seamlessly blends virtual content with the real world using realistic physically-based materials, environment reflections, grounding shadows, camera noise, motion blur, and more, making virtual content nearly indistinguishable from reality,” Apple writes. “RealityKit seamlessly blends virtual content with the real world using realistic physically-based materials, environment reflections, grounding shadows, camera noise, motion blur, and more, making virtual content nearly indistinguishable from reality.”
Reality Composer is a new app that lets developers build prototypes of their AR experiences, even if they have never built a 3D app before. It contains a library of existing 3D models and animations with drag and drop capability. Integrating into apps using Xcode or exported to AR Quick Look.
As a result of advancements in AR technology, applications will become more and more engaging. Resulting in different ways to interact with the world around us. From a data perspective these tools are enabling us to create visualizations, that give you the power to see, manipulate and make decision on your data. No more having to read line after line of information, just visualise it and place it around you through AR.
To try out our AR visualizations, just get in contact and request a demo.