What is AR?
Augmented reality could be described in a variety of complex ways, but Armand Valdez, a video producer at Mashable, opted for the simple interpretation that AR “aims to make the world you already see so much cooler”. Armand’s explanation is simplistic, but true; we can all see that aim at work when we experience an app like Pokemon Go. Valdez elucidates further, stating: “Augmented reality is when digital information is overlaid onto the actual physical world.” Inside the AR device, a camera detects a target image and calculates distance and angle from the camera using its sensors, and it then projects the digital information it holds onto the real-world image, using the appropriate distances and dimensions to provide accurate perspective. If an empty room or home can be filled with furniture when you raise your phone or tablet, it’s fascinating to predict how this digital information may impact the real estate industry.
What is ARKit?
Unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2017, ARKit is Apple’s foray into the augmented reality world. Apple has been a little late to launch this technology compared to some of its major competitors like Google, but this has been in Apple’s meticulous pipeline for several years and some of the early Beta-stage results have certainly been impressive. Some users saw the Goldilocks fairy tale play out on their bedspread, a space battle rage on a meeting table, and a room-sized 3D bar chart appear before them. In terms of compatibility, ARKit is only designed to work with iPhones 6s and 7, and iOS 11 upon release, but that’s already more prolific than Google’s competitor Tango.