Less than 20 days after the launch of Magic Leap One, Mapbox took the opportunity to provide its map services to Magic Map Map SDKs for Unity.
The toolkit, called the Magic Maps SDK, allows developers to drag 3D vector maps, satellite maps, and elevation data into their apps from anywhere in the world. The Unity plug-in takes advantage of the tight integration between Magic Leaps Lumin OS and Unity to easily and seamlessly integrate map visualization into apps.
"The mixed reality headset features 6DOF controller, eye-tracking and hand gestures a more emotive [sic] experience than any other device we built on, "wrote Jim Miller, Mapbox in a blog post. "Magic Leap has a 'zero iteration' feature with a Unity live remote, so if you change the size of the card or make another small change, the update will immediately appear in the headset."
Magic Leap's Spatial Computing Capabilities Integrating Mapbox into the Magic Leap One apps could give users a unique view of Earth's topography. To this end, the Mapbox development team shared demos of AR experiences that can be created with the SDK. You can see the occlusion possibilities of Magic Leap, controller interaction with mapped terrain and unfortunately some field of view limitations.
For additional inspiration on the capabilities of the Magic Maps SDK, developers no longer need to search beyond the Fitness AR app for iOS. Created with Mapbox and ARKit, the app allows runners and hikers to visualize their traveled routes on 3D elevation maps projected onto their physical environment. (Mapbox "acquired" the development team behind Fitness AR in Dec. 2017.)
Magic Box is available as a preview for interested developers who can contact Miro at email@example.com to work with her Toolkit.
Despite the recently released Google Maps API for location-based AR apps, Mapbox has positioned itself as the first provider of location-based AR apps. Services for augmented reality developers, with Snapchat as the most popular AR client. Mapbox expanded its portfolio of services earlier this year with the release of the Mapbox AR SDK for building location-based and multi-user AR apps, and has recently added support for Points of Interest for its Maps SDK for Unity.
With Unity's Magic Leap support, Mapbox continues to outperform the other site services at an important point in the lifecycle of Magic Leap One and its Lumin OS. As a result, Magic Leap early adopters are likely to become more familiar with Mapbox, potentially developing an affinity for the tool as the ecosystem matures.