Google wants your augmented reality environment to look good. They key to AR's magic, says Google, is the way it merges the real with the unreal. In order to truly transport users into a new experience, objects and spaces need to look as real as possible. That's why it updated ARCore and Sceneform.
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Amazon just made setting reminders with Alexa a lot easier. The Reminders API allows developers to include reminders within a particular skill in three simple steps. Prior to the Reminders API, customers needed to remember to create the right skill at the right time to get a specific reminder.
Last week Google announced updates to both ARCore, as well as Sceneform, a 3D rendering library that can be used to create 3d scenes in AR and non-AR applications alike. Sceneform gains the ability to load gITF models at runtime, while ARCore sees the addition of point cloud IDs.
Amazon has introduced a Python version of its SDK for Alexa Skills Kit in beta. The Python SDK adds to the Java and Node.js versions which are now generally available. Through the SDK, Python developers can handle requests, build responses, manage attributes, and make Alexa API calls.
Google has added a new AR API, the WebXR Hit Test API, to Chrome Canary, the version of Chrome where it tests bleeding edge, experimental functionality. The API is designed to "[help] immersive web code place objects in the real world" and provides a single API that performs a raycast.
In hopes of making it easy to experience augmented reality, uSens, a provider of computer-vision tracking solutions for augmented and virtual reality, announced the beta of its uSensAR Hand Tracking SDK. The SDK allows developers to create AI and skeletal hand tracking content for the smartphone,
Open source mapping firm Mapbox has announced new Vision SDK designed to help developers build AR navigation experiences, such as iOS and Android-based heads-up displays, by "bridging the phone, the camera, and the automobile." The Mapbox Vision SDK takes advantage of ARM's Project Trillium AI tech.
According to a report published by TechCrunch, Snapchat is secretly planning to launch a developer platform, its first ever. Dubbed Snapkit, prototypes of the platform suggest it will give developers access to Snap's camera software so that they can integrate it into their applications.
Mapbox continues to enhance mapping features designed for gaming in the AR space with new features to its Maps Unity SDK. Specifically, Mapbox has added new features to points of interest and augmented reality to the latest version of the SDK. Mapbox will demonstrate next week at its Locate event.
Amazon has announced the general availability of its Sumerian AWS service, a solution for building virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D applications. According to Amazon, Sumerian requires no special skills to use and is "the fastest and easiest way to create VR, AR, and 3D experiences."