The fortunes of ARKit and ARCore are still in the hands of developers who have increased the number of mobile augmented reality apps on the market, but perhaps not as fast as companies like Apple would have expected. But a new product wants to literally boost mobile AR games by introducing some key components that harness the traditional board game model.
Spatial from Los Angeles has developed a multiplayer tabletop AR game that combines iOS and Android devices with cradles and physical game pieces to create a relatively robust virtual gaming experience.
The cradle uses the tablet to reflect the experience generated on the iOS or Android device, while a camera in the cradle stirs the player pieces the way they are. To the pursued objects of the real world are cards, tokens and game pieces.
These types of mobile settings can be found in products like HoloKit and Aryzon, but the momentum of Google Cardboard is far less practical than the Spatial system offers
Officially, setup requires either an iPad 2 or newer, an iPhone 6 or newer, a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 or newer, or a Samsung Galaxy S6 or newer The developers of the game claim that every tablet with one of the two mobile platforms and size 10 inches or smaller should work well.
Some of the games included in the system are Mythico (Thought Sword and Wizardry meets Star Wars Holochess) , HoloCraft (a dungeon and dragon style) game that uses tokens to move the AR characters) and WarTable, a real-time strategy game in the tradition of tower defense games.
There are a number of other games that all use physical parts so that the software can track the AR characters as you move them around the table on which you play. It's a pretty simple but ingenious way to use mobile AR to meet traditional board game fans.
Each kit costs $ 60 over early Kickstarter support, a prize that includes a Spatial MRX Cradle), which comes with a built-in joypad controller and unlimited game activation codes. Note, however, that for multi-player games each player needs their own cradle and tablet. Sure, there are higher-quality AR gaming options for those who really want to live up to date, but if you do not have a lot of money to fall on these devices, this is a more affordable, though also less immersive entry into AR games.
The campaign has already exceeded its original $ 25,000 target and already has the $ 30,000 mark, about a month to go. Those who use their early Kickstarter support (remember that you're betting on the success of the project, nothing is guaranteed) are scheduled for their Spatial Kits around February 2019.