With the 1.18 version of Google ARCore, released for Android and Unity, the depth calculation has improved. This means an increasingly realistic augmented reality and new possibilities of interaction.
Google has released its new API for developers that adds depth to augmented reality. ARCore Depth API has been developed to provide more realistic AR experiences on devices without the need for extra sensors.
More realism, advanced physics, and better depth calculation with a single camera. These are the enhancements to ARCore, Google’s platform dedicated to creating augmented reality experience for Android and Unity version 1.18.
The most important development is related to the Depth function, the ability of the Google algorithm to produce a depth map with a single RGB camera. The feature in the beta version in previous versions of ARCore is upgraded to the full version with the latest version.
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Regarding the new function, in order to develop the same perception in the real world, there is the ability to improve clogging, that is, to precisely calculate the presence of virtual objects behind or in front of real objects.
Google’s developers have experimented with developments in this area with the application of Five Nights at Freddy’s AR: Special Delivery, a horror game in which enemies have the ability to hide and cross real-world objects.
As said at the beginning, ARCore was developed to work from a single camera, even without a depth sensor. However, Google underlines how using a custom ToF sensor can only improve performance.
One of the most interesting additions between Google ARCore’s Depth function and ToF sensor is the Quick Measurement app, which will be updated by the South Korean developer in the coming months to include all the improvements of Samsung’s new version of ARCore.
There is no need to have a ToF sensor on smartphones for this API. Samsung’s Quick Measure application will also start using the ARCore Depth API on the Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Depth API is available in ARCore 1.18 and is compatible with millions of Android devices.