Apple’s ARKIT Brings Augmented Reality Development Tools for Free this Fall

At last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced its new augmented reality platform. Also announced was ARKit, a free programming framework that lets developers and consumers create their own augmented reality applications. Available this fall with the upcoming release of iOS 11, according to the press release, Apple will become the largest AR platform owner in the world with potentially hundreds of millions of users. ARKit can combine camera and motion sensing information on the device to track virtual objects in real-time. Apple explains, “ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.” This technology could empower users to participate in the development of assistive and accessible technologies, and demonstrate innovative augmented reality solutions for people with disabilities.


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