ARKit — Apple’s toolkit to make the world your play space
Apple has forayed into the augmented reality platform with its ARKit. It is an AR software development platform for iOS devices and it aims to deliver engaging and immediately experiences that blends virtual objects with the real world seamlessly. It takes advantage of the hardware of an iOS device to facilitate its tasks.
ARKit takes the help of Visual Inertial Odometer technology. This technology tajes advantage of the device’s sensors to tracks scene movements and positions, light estimation and horizontal plane detection to identify the approximate position of the user.
ARKit is supported on an iPhones starting from iPhone 6 and all iPad Pro models.
Since ARKit was launched in 2017 with iOS 11, developers have used Apple’s software development environment, XCode, to build apps with it. ARKit 1 and ARKit 1.5 helped developers to locate the physical tracking space so that users can interact with it.
ARKit 2 is focused on being able to keep a track of the AR Space that the users created so that the user can come back later and start from the point where he/she stopped. This enabled users to share their AR Space and play multi-player, share their education experiences, and a lot more amongst an endless list of possible applications.