Niantic brings Lightship to the web

by | Sep 22, 2022 | Technology

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Niantic is announcing Lightship VPS for Web, joining its visual positioning system to the 8th Wall platform. The new browser based tech anchors WebAR content to specific locations and enables virtual objects to interact with that space.

The technology augments a location and enables developers to create an infinite amount of unique experiences. This can drive traffic to specific places, like scenic parks or specific stores, to engage users in brand new ways. The 8th Wall platform can also let devs create events across multiple locations, like digital scavenger hunts by combining multiple VPS experiences.

“At Niantic, we believe that the real-world metaverse should get people exploring and connecting in the world around them,” said Niantic boss John Hanke, in a statement to GamesBeat. “Bringing Lightship VPS to the Web will allow developers to build immersive WebAR experiences that are anchored to real-world locations all around us. The early demos from partners around the world are exciting to see and we know this is only the beginning. We can’t wait to see what location-based AR experiences our developer community will create with this new tool.

Lightship VPS lets developers anchor AR content to real world locations with centimeter precision, thanks to Niantic’s AR world map. By merging Lightship VPS with 8th Wall devs can create VPS-enabled experiences that work directly in a mobile browser. More than that, it gives access to a 3D mesh of a location to interested d …

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