During the waning days of October, attendees at the Innovation Tokyo 2018 conference shared some of the new augmented reality experiences Niantic has with its Real World Platform.
Among the experiences that were available to 12,000 people attending the exhibition "AR Playground with Niantic" were Pokémon AR Garden in which players used the Mori Gardens to Pokémon based on spatial audio signals instead of Visited visual indicators and climbed the stairs of virtual gyms in VR with haptic feedback.
The Spatial Audio AR experience was made available via the Open Ear Directorate allows headphones from Ambie. The players tracked the sounds emitted by the virtual pocket monsters throughout the room.
"The open-ear headphones mixed the sound of the game with the natural sounds of Mori Garden, enhancing the beautiful ambience of chirping birds and running water," said Niantic CEO John Hanke in a blog post. "In the end, experience has shown how augmented audio reality can change the perception of public space without being distracted by it."
The audio experience was also applied to the Ingress Sound Game where players were routed by audio signals through a shopping mall while dodging real "security agents."
In addition, Niantic hosted a HoloLens experience based on Ingress. Visitors could see a table model of the Roppongi Hills neighborhood as ingress portals and control panels that were tagged by light from overhead projectors, and HoloLens displayed overlays with pulsed and visual data. Finally, attendees were also able to play the codenamed Neon AR multiplayer Lasertag game, which Niantic had unveiled as part of the Real World Platform, which was unveiled earlier this year.
"While AR is still in its infancy, it was exciting to build these projects and give consumers a glimpse of how the real world can be improved with this technology," said Hanke (who also joined the 2018) NR303030).
"While some are excited by the idea of replacing humans with machines, or the notion of creating virtual worlds that are so realistic that we want to leave our own behind them, we believe that World around us and the people around us are more wonderful and exciting than anything that can be made. Our goal is to use techno. To make the most of the people and places we interact with, and to foster the appetite for exploration and fellowship that exists in all of us. "
Multiplayer support, stubborn content, and real occlusion are coming soon. On the Niantic Real World platform, Niantic's teams seem to be meeting this goal by adding yet another submersion level to the existing range of location-based games.