Very soon we will be intergrating ARCore (and ARKit for iOS) in our BlindGuide KLIC AR app.
What is AR Core?
ARCore uses three key technologies to integrate virtual reality with the real world, as can be seen on the camera of your phone:
- Motion detection allows the phone to understand and track its position in relation to its surroundings.
- By understanding the environment, the phone can detect the size and location of flat horizontal surfaces such as the floor or a coffee table.
- By estimating light, the phone can estimate the current lighting conditions of the environment.
What does that mean for me?
Sometimes there is a “drift” of the objects due to inaccuracies in the sensors of your phone or tablet. In addition, for iOS there is also the challenge of the northern location. ARCore/Kit is used to solve most of these problems. The AR functionality is very stable and no traditional sensor drift occurs.
Currently the BlindGuide KLIC AR app is supported on Android version 7.0 and higher and iOS version 9 and higher. The minimum requirements for ARCore is Android version 7.0. However, for some phone models Android version 8.0 or higher is required.
For ARKit and the iPhone / iPad users this is iOS version 11. For ARKit, the processor must be an A9 chip or newer model. For ARKit this means that it is only supported on a limited number of iPhone models. For Android this means that the number of supported devices will be almost the same. For iOS a number of devices will no longer be supported. However, the devices that will no longer be supported are outdated devices that probably already have trouble opening the new KLIC files because of the limited RAM memory in these devices.
If you have any questions about whether or not your device is suitable for the new AR core, please do not hesitate to contact us.