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‘Pokémon Go’ maker Niantic is helping others create AR metaverse apps

Niantic Labs is offering everyone the chance to get their hands on the tech behind Pokemon Go and Pikmin Bloom in order to be allowed to build their own augmented world and “real-world metaverse” apps. Makes can start using the Niantic Lightship platform today. The firm also announced a $20 investment fund to back developers that “share our imagination for the real-world metaverse and contribute to the world ecosystem we are building.”

Developers can be utilized Ninatic’s toolkit to create real-time 3D mesh planneds so apps can understand the surfaces and topography of the world surrounding a maneuver. Other APIs will help apps know the difference between different aspects of an environment, such as the grind, sky, liquid and buildings. The toolkit also enables makes to make apps that allow up to five musicians to take part in the same AR multiplayer session, restraining all of their content and interactions in sync.

The tools are mostly free. The multiplayer APIs will be available at no payment for the first six months no matter how many users an app has. After that, Niantic will accuse a fee if the APIs are used in an app with more than 50,000 monthly active users.

Several remarkable labels have be participating in a private beta of the development kit, including Universal Pictures, PGA of America and Warner Music Group. Coachella has generated an AR experience that its commemoration attendees will be able to check out next year. They’ll be able to see a large version of Coachella’s butterfly arrival on the seven-story Spectra rainbow walkway tower.

Meanwhile, Shueisha is working with developer T& S to create characters from One Piece and other manga into the real world with AR. That app shall be published in 2022.

Niantic’s image of the metaverse is very much different from the virtual reality-centered future Facebook’s parent corporation Meta has in mind. In a blog post in August, CEO John Hanke suggested that the “real-world metaverse” is about connecting the physical and digital worlds, rather than existing solely as a virtual know. With that in brain, his firm has been working on AR glass with Qualcomm over the last couple of years.

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