Niantic wants Pokemon Go Players are part of a great experiment in creating AR maps of their environment , These augmented reality cards would be used for a variety of purposes, including the use of third-party developers in their apps.
"We want players to build the playing field they want to play in," Niantic CEO John Hanke told Reuters.
In order to realize the plan, Niantic would use the data captured by smartphone cameras when users play AR games – such as Pokemon Go – to map contours and objects in the scene. The process would lead to cards that would then be made available on the screens of other phones. A nearby player could update the data with new captures.
Niantic would start mapping parks and squares. However, there is no word on how the AR cards would be integrated into the games of Niantic. Pokemon Go is already able to bring the virtual characters into the real world. However, using AR cards would increase the game's interactive quotient many times over
According to Hanke, Niantic would allow third-party developers to use their AR cards, which could well be a multi-billion dollar deal. Niantic is convinced that the AR cards are an important catalyst in the implementation of augmented reality apps. Hanke is confident that the AR cards will boost the "new kind of social activity" Niantic wants to bring to its players.
Hanke previously served as vice president of product management for Google's Geo division, developing Google Earth and Google Maps back in 2005. Niantic was Hankes' idea and was created in Google in 2010. However, the department was spun off later in 2015.
Hanke believes that AR cards could be used to make an entire playground into augmented reality. It can allow a player to create new virtual structures while others can view the same layout. Niantic acquired Escher Reality earlier this year as a likely step toward building its own AR cards. Hanke's vision for AR cards sounds remarkably similar to Escher Reality's 2017 Multiplayer AR demo.
If Niantic successfully completed its AR efforts, it would be a tremendous achievement in the tech industry. We hope that Niantic will be prepared for this, given how many servers the 65 million active Pokemon GO players are looking for on the planet.
Not just Niantic, but Google is also working on integrating Augmented Reality into Google Maps. During I / O 2018, the search giant stated that Maps would soon provide users with AR statements on their smartphones. The technology would integrate the traditional Street View interface with the live camera view on the user's smartphone. The feature estimates the position and orientation of the user based on the visual landmarks.
In a separate development, Niantic has announced the details of this year's Pokemon Go festival. The 2018 Pokemon Go summer tour would make thousands of fans from around the world enjoy the game together. The first event starts on June 30th and ends on July 1st in Dortmund's Westfalenpark. The second event will be held July 14-15 at Chicago's Lincoln Park, subtitled "A Walk in the Park." The third event will be held in Yokosuka, Japan, for which no definite date has yet been announced.
Details of the event are sparse, but the ticket rate for the event in Chicago could be the same as last year at $ 20. The Dortmund event would be free. There would also be more community days and global pokemon parties during the summer.
Recently, Hanke shared the roadmap for the Pokemon Go with one of the biggest Pokémon Go player – Doctor PoGo. The most obvious was the launch of Generation IV monsters. Hanke also announced that Niantic is working on a player-player system, but has not specified a specific time when the feature would start. In addition, the CEO said that work is underway to create raid-friendly cards and increase game play.
Hanke also hinted that players could soon submit places for Pokestops. The Niantic CEO also confirmed that the company is not in the mood to support the players who use spoofing techniques to fool their locations.