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As it turns out, mapping every part of the inhabited world is an enormous undertaking, but since the launch of Google Street View in 2007, a significant dent has was made in this effort. According to Stafford Marquardt, product manager at Google Street View, people have traveled over 10 million miles to collect 170 billion images. Even though this seems like a lot of data, it still is not enough, however, as there are still unmapped parts of the world. To help with the problem, Google will be opening user contributions to Google Street View. Marquardt explains that when people find out he works for Google Street View, they ask, “How can I drive a Street View car?” Driving a Street... Read more...
Google has updated the ARCore platform for augmented reality that is offered on both Android and iOS devices. The new ARCore Depth API allows any phone to create a depth map using just a single RGB camera. The depth map is created by taking multiple images from different angles and comparing them as the user moves their phone. The image below gives a good example of how the new feature benefits AR users. The app being used called AR animals. In one image, the hind legs of the cat are standing on the furniture. The updated version treats the background as 3D with depth and puts the back legs of the cat behind the furniture as it would appear in the real world. The more realistic AR function will... Read more...
Google might be prepping a couple of new lower end smartphones, if some 'fishy' details revealed in its latest ARCore Android package (APK) are any indication. Contained within ARCore v1.5 are references to two unreleased devices, Bonito and Sargo, both of which are named after a species of fish. What does this tell us? Maybe something, maybe nothing at all. Assuming the former, it could indicate two more Pixel phones in the pipeline. To our knowledge, the Bonito and Sargo codenames are not already attached to any existing hardware in Google's product stack. Furthermore, the Bonito codename had shown up once before—this past summer in reference to a rumored phone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
Google today announced that ARCore, its augmented reality SDK for Android devices, has exited the beta phase. Now that ARCore 1.0 is expanding into the public realm, Google says that developers are free to publish their AR apps directly to the Play Store. For developers that have been sitting on the sideline waiting for a wider release, now is the time to get started. According to Google, ARCore is supported on over 100 million Android smartphones, which cover 13 specific models from a number of manufactures. These devices include: Google Pixel Google Pixel XL Google Pixel 2 Google Pixel 2 XL Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge LG... Read more...
Google announced that it is closing the door on Project Tango, the augmented reality platform it introduced in 2014 in effort to bring AR experiences to mobile devices, particularly smartphones. Though as the saying goes, when one door closes another one opens. That is the case here as well—in place of Tango, Google is going forward with ARCore, an AR system it introduced this past August. The announcement came on Twitter, by way of the Tango team (@projecttango). The post briefly explains that support for Tango will end on March 1, 2018, while thanking developers for supporting the project over the past three years. We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. Thank you... Read more...