Niantic Acquires 3D Spatial Mapping Company 6D.ai


Niantic, the corporate behind the world-scale cell AR video games Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is buying 3D spatial mapping firm 6D.ai.

Based on Niantic CEO and Founder John Hanke, the acquisition will permit Niantic to “leverage 6D.ai’s deep experience and vital breakthroughs in AR analysis and engineering” and see them construct a “dynamic, 3D map of the world so we will allow new sorts of planet-scale AR experiences.”

6d.ai was based in 2017, with the intention to resolve present elementary issues with AR know-how. Based on 6d.ai’s website, its platform presents a couple of options. The know-how can provide ‘world-scale content material persistence’ which permits digital AR content material to remain in the identical place between classes, whereas additionally permitting others to entry that content material from a distinct gadget. 

One among my most important criticisms of the world-scale AR sport Minecraft Earth was that AR creations couldn’t be positioned in an actual world location by one consumer and located in the identical location by one other consumer on a distinct gadget, at a later time limit. There was no actual world persistence with AR creations. 6d.ai’s know-how presents a platform that will permit for this sort of content material synchronization between customers throughout completely different instances and classes.

6d.ai additionally presents real-time meshing of environments, which “permits digital objects to be occluded by and work together with the complexity of the world.” The platform additionally presents real-time spatial consciousness utilizing built-in telephone cameras to “construct a real-time, three-dimensional semantic, crowd sourced map of the world, all within the background.”

If all of those options work properly and are simple to combine, then 6d.ai might provide a wealth of growth and depth to Niantic’s present and future cell AR choices. Hanke provided some potent examples. “Think about everybody, on the similar time, with the ability to expertise Pokémon habitats in the actual world or watch dragons fly by means of the sky and land on buildings in real-time. Think about our favourite characters taking us on a strolling tour of hidden metropolis gems, or buddies leaving private notes for others to seek out later.”

You may read extra about 6d.ai’s platform and know-how right here.