What is ARKit

Apple ARKit is a new set of augmented reality tools for developers that enables a new range of experiences that were not possible before, with a cell phone.

Two of the key features of ARKit are the phone positioning in 3d space and the plane detections.
Using Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO), which detects using the camera elements and features that enables a calculation of distance and movements, combined with CoreMotion like accelerometers and compass data- it’s now possible to accurately know where the phone is to the sub-centimeter as well as its orientation.

Using various computer vision techniques, ARKit is able to identify horizontal planes. This means it can see where the floor is, identify a table, chair or a couch.

With both, developers can now create markerless augmented reality experiences that feel like they are part of the real physical space.

ARKit VS Tango VS Wikitude

ARKit is limited to the iOS and recent iPhones and iPads, and doesn’t provide more advance features like occlusion of existing objects.
Tango is limited to specific phones or tablets that have the custom hardware. This includes Lenovo, Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR.
Wikitude is a commercial augmented reality kit that works on all types of phones with a markerless option, which works, but is not as solid as ARKit. One pro feature of Wikitude is object recognition.

Hire AfterNow for your AR project

AfterNow’s augmented reality background and expertise is perfectly suited for building augmented reality applications using the new Apple ARKit.
We have worked on various projects that already use the technologies in ARKit with devices like the Hololens. So we understand the technical requirement and the various business and marketing opportunities associated with this new technology.
We are now an Award winning firm recognized by leaders in the Augmented Reality industry and we are one of the early few Microsoft partner on Mixed Reality.

Call us today at: 424 258 0776 or Email: today@afternow.io

Our current ARkit application is Blocker.

Blocker is a creative tool for filmmakers. It combines a director's viewfinder with the ability to place virtual characters so that you can quickly compose shots. It can be used for blocking or for storyboarding.

The current version includes:

  • A director's viewfinder
  • The ability to compose a scene with 3D content
  • A physical model of the sun that accurately simulates shadows and color
  • Capture reference photos to display where on-set cameras and characters should be set up
  • Shareable photos with important shots information baked in.

You can find more details at: blocker.afternow.io
We are in private beta right now and will release an public beta once iOS 11 is available.