With a whispering augmented reality on the first day of the developer conference, Samsung gained momentum on the second day with the launch of its version of AR Cloud and a partnership with Wacom, making Samsung's S-Pen an augmented reality wand.
During Thursday's spotlight session, Wacom President and CEO Nobutaka Ide took the stage to demonstrate Wacom Ink Layer Language (WILL 3.0). The SDK provides apps with "semantic understanding" and depth perception via the camera view of the mobile device. Not only can users access the real world, they can also add 3D content based on the app's interpretation of the environment.
This means that an architect can draw a building into a skyline and through machine learning App can insert a 3D rendering of a tower in its tower space. Or an artist can draw virtual designs on a blank baseball cap to share with others through pictures or videos.
WILL 3.0 is currently in a private beta phase, but Wacom is calling for interested developers to gain access to them. [19659007SamsungProjectsWarareARCloudServiceandWacomPartnershipforAARCreations” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
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The same day, attendees also received a first hand view on the Project Whare AR cloud platform. Evangeline Marzec, head of product management for Samsung NEXT, and Jayashree Nagarajan, an engineer for Samsung NEXT, organized a session to build cloud-based AR apps with Project Ware and Unity.
Project Whare, a product of The Samsung Next Incubator for Emerging Technologies, offers many of the AR cloud qualities – such as multi-user experience, persistent content, and cross-platform support for ARKit and ARCore – platforms such as the Niantic Real World Platform and 6D.ai provide
But Samsung's platform also offers a pretty unique capability. Project Whare's multi-user functionality, according to the website, allows up to 10 users – both remotely and in the same physical space – to view and interact with the same AR content. In addition, Project Whare offers a cloud hosting service.
Interested developers can request access to Project Whare through their website.
So far, Samsung's mobile AR activities have been limited to copying Apple or taking over Google's ARCore platform. And while providing an AR cloud and AR-sign app is not breaking new ground, Samsung (and Wacom) innovations in terms of existing concepts offer some tantalizing opportunities for future AR experiences.