Apple’s ARKit launches a new channel: The hidden layers of reality
With similar new tech from Google, Microsoft and Facebook, advertising and marketing now have new dimensions.
Say goodbye to living in just one plane of reality.
That’s because Apple announced yesterday the release of its ARKit, a set of software tools that makes possible high-quality augmented reality (AR) seen through Apple iPhones and iPads.
It overlays 3D graphics, animation and photo-realistic objects on what we used to call the real world, in ways that take the next step beyond the Pokémon Go phenomenon last year.
With this wide availability of AR, marketing platform Wyng co-founder Wendell Lansford told me via email, AR will change “from a novelty to a viable marketing vehicle, and create new paid and owned marketing opportunities for brands and agencies.”
Its broad availability on Apple devices with iOS 11, plus comparable technology that Google is releasing for Androids, means that AR — after years of teasing — is now a full channel for entertainment, advertising, education, games and whatever else multi-plane imaginations can create.