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Introducing the Lightship Visual Positioning System and the Niantic AR Map at the Lightship Summit
- Lightship Visual Positioning System (VPS) enables developers to determine the position and orientation of their users and anchor AR content with centimeter-level precision for real world immersive AR on a global scale
- Developers can now add locations to Niantics AR map of the world to build their own location-based AR reality channel apps and experiences
- More than 30,000 VPS-activated public locations available, with density in San Francisco, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle
- Lightship VPS demo partners include JR Reality by Superblue, AREALM by FoundrySix, PIXELYNX, Shueisha XR, Rhizomatiks, Liquid City and TRIPP
- Niantic also annonces Campfire, a social application for the real-world metaverse that weaves together our games and helps players discover new people, places and experiences
- 8th Wall debuts new pricing tiers along with powerful monetization and distribution features to equip independent developers with everything they need to build a business with WebAR, plus a sneak peek on bringing Lightship VPS to the web
- Niantic Ventures unveils first two investments in TRIPP and PIXELYNX
Niantic hosted day one of the first-ever Lightship Summit in San Francisco, a two-day conference for our worldwide community of AR developers. Upon entering the Lightship Visual Positioning System (VPS), more than 30,000 public areas were immediately available, and a new app for developers to quickly add their own locations to our dynamic AR map. To bring VPS to life, Niantic provided an overview of the private beta ahead of today''s launch.
Campfire, a social application for the real-world metaverse, has also been created, with innovative tools to help players discover new things, places, and experiences. 8th Wall, the world''s leading webAR development platform, has announced a new pricing tier, specifically for creators, and Niantic Ventures has announced its first two investments in TRIPP and PIXELYNX.
As a community, today marked a vital step in transforming the future of spatial computing. Click here to see more information about each of the Niantics Summit announcements, and keep an eye on Day Two!
LIGHTSHIP VPS INTRODUCING: THE KEY TO REAL-WORLD AR
Our Lightship platform has the capability to pinpoint the location and orientation of their user and embed AR content with centimeter-level precision.
These two benefits, referred to as localization and persistence, are the foundations of real world immersive AR. Today, developers desire to make more immersive real-world experiences with content that is linked to the environment around them. However, they must first understand exactly where their users are.
Lightship VPS answers this critical question by determining not only where users are in the world, but what their orientation is when they begin an experience and as they move inside.
What is the value of Lightship VPS?
Before VPS would localize users, we had to create a whole new type of map that was specifically designed for AR.
We collected information from Niantic developers, surveyors, and players to construct this map. We then processed these data to develop our AR map of the world. Once a location has been sufficiently scanned, it was able to activate it on Lightship VPS, and it becomes available to developers to build real-world AR experiences.
People can then travel to these VPS-activated locations and quickly localize their devices and interact with persistent AR content. Lightship VPS, with only a single image frame from the end users camera, has quickly and accurately identified a users specific, six-dimensional location.
Building a fresh kind of map
Building this 3D map of the world is one of the major challenges of AR, but it is one weve encountered with Niantic''s developers, surveyors, and players. For years, Niantic has invited dedicated players to be part of developing the game board by mapping the world with us. With 17 million of these points of interest known as Wayspots, along with millions of photos and edit contributions worldwide.
We know that we cant depend on the developer and player community alone to create a map that meets the needs of all developers. Weve also increased our efforts by developing a surveyor program in our six key launch cities, and we will continue to do so throughout the year.
Developers are able to understand which areas are best suited to their own experiences, so started today, were requesting them to use the Niantic Wayfarer app as part of their public beta. This will both enable developers to build experiences in the areas that matter most to them, and allows us to quickly scale our vision of developing a 3D map of the world.
With 30,000 locations globally, this product is in constant rise.
VPS is now available in over 30,000 locations with density in six major cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Tokyo. These locations are not just streetscapes or public landmarks, but also a collection of publicly accessible spaces that include parks, paths, landmarks, local businesses and more.
Each VPS-activated location is much more than a single point on a map. They are composed of multiple scans, creating localizable areas that are 10 meters in diameter. This level of detail ensures that no matter where a user is pointing their camera, no matter how long the area is, they will be able to accurately localize.
Start today with the Lightship VPS.
Developers may register for an account and download the Lightship ARDK atLightship.dev. Our ARDK and VPS are designed to work with iOS, Android, and Unity. Our VPS template is designed to help with the Lightship ARDK and Lightship VPS.
CAMPFIREAS We learn from new experiences, so it''s even more important for us to assist individuals discover them. We want to provide support and encourage people to learn new things. Our goal is to provide an attractive audience to developers, especially if it''s related to a new social experience called Campfire.
Campfire is a real-world social network that starts with a map and gives people, events, communities, and messaging to them. We consider it the homepage of the real-world Metaverse, a place in which players can re-enter other players in their local area, share content, organize their own events and meetings, and foster social connections.
Campfire is live in Ingress and is coming soon to all Niantic experiences, allowing our communities to discover the joy of real-world gameplay, meetups, and events, and providing a platform for individuals to discover new ideas designed to make the real-world a more magical and entertaining place.
8TH WALLIn March, Niantic acquired 8th Wall, the world''s leading WebAR development platform. It revolutionized web-based augmented reality (WebAR) and provided an extensive set of tools to facilitate engaging and interactive AR experiences that are easily accessible and accessible without using an app.
The 8th Wall team has provided developers with a complete set of tools to provide WebAR experiences for businesses across the industry sectors, including retail, travel, entertainment, and automotive.
Through global campaigns for top brands, tens of thousands of developers will be able to access these tools to even greater developers, including on Day Two of the Lightship Summit, with new pricing criteria and powerful monetization and distribution capabilities.
8th Wall has worked with Lightship VPS teams to bring VPS to the web. Tomorrow morning, they will be giving an exclusive sneak peek of VPS running in the browser. With VPS as part of the 8th Wall platform WebAR can truly become part of the real-world metaverse.
VENTURES IN REAL TIME
Niantic Ventures was founded last November to assist identify and fund the AR leaders in the real-world arena. We co-invest alongside venture and angel investors in early-stage companies, with the aim of becoming a catalyst for this ecosystem.
Today were sharing our first two investments. TRIPP is the award-winning company in XR wellness, which provides clinically validated, measurable XR and mobile experiences designed for mind-body health. TRIPP is also one of our initial VPS partners, and has developed an AR meditation experience that allows people to plant a tranquil AR garden when they use the app and meditate.
PIXELYNX is a new gaming program founded by famous musicians and technologists Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5, Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman, and Ben Turner, the music industry''s head of the IMS conference, Dean Wilson (Seven20 Entertainment / mau5trap) and Inder Phull. The company, which has offices in London and Los Angeles, is developing a music metaverse that will transform the way artists connect and engage with their fans through gaming experiences.
Thank you for becoming a part of our community as we push the boundaries of what is possible in the real world metaverse. Every developer and player is an important part of what was at Niantic. Stay tuned for day two of The Lightship Summit!
The Lightship Team