There’s one technology that excites Apple CEO Tim Cook more than others: augmented reality, or software that lets you see virtual objects in the real world, either through a smartphone’s camera or one day through a pair of smart glasses.
“I am so excited about it, I just want to yell out and scream,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said to Bloomberg about augmented reality.
Apple opened the door for more augmented-reality apps earlier this month when it released ARKit, new software that makes it easier for developers to make AR apps.
“We’re building it into iOS 11, opening it to developers-and unleashing the creativity of millions of people,” Cook said. “Even we can’t predict what’s going to come out.”
Developers are going nuts with ARKit. But it’s still in beta, so most people can’t download the apps yet. But MadeWithARKit, a Twitter account, newsletter, and blog maintained by Sam Dauntesq, is collecting all the highlights as they appear – and employees from leading AR firms like Apple, Snap, and Magic Leap are following it too.
Here are some of the highlights:
Just look at the shadows on this demo from Tomas Garcia.
— Made With ARKit (@madewithARKit) June 28, 2017
Garcia also made this demo of a Space X rocket landing in a backyard.
You can follow Garcia on Twitter.
Microsoft, maker of the Hololens, owns the game “Minecraft,” but it’s been ported to the iPhone with ARKit.
— Made With ARKit (@madewithARKit) June26, 2017
Demo from Matthew Hallberg.
One of the biggest ARKit hits so far has been this simple tape measure app from Laan Labs.
— Made With ARKit (@madewithARKit) June 25, 2017
Follow Laan Labs here.
This demo from Daniel Rodriguez shows what a shoot-em-up space invaders game would look like in an office.
— Daniel Rodriguez (@Dan1one) June 9, 2017
The gaming possibilities are endless. Here’s a video of a virtual car driving around in the real world by Vincenzo C.
More videos from Vincenzo here.
The most classic AR demonstration is a solar system, like this one:
Mor stuff from the developer, Kru, here.
Immersion VR worked up this quick dmo of a naval battle. Can’t wait until the first “the floor is lava” AR app.
Follow the studio on Twitter.
BB-8, the popular droid from the new “Star Wars” movies, is unlicensed but cute as ever in this video.
This was put together by Kobi Snir.
Companies are already starting to explore the ARKit uses in the real estate industry.
— Justin Miller ðxS (@incanus77) June 25,2017
This was built by Justin Miller, an engineer at MapBox.
There are a lot of possibilities with this new technology. It’s going to be a wild ride.
— Made With ARKit (@madewithARKit) June 29, 2017