Preparing for a virtual Pokémon Go Fest?


from Susanne Braun
The developers at Niantic have already announced that they want the Pokémon Go Fest 2020 to take place in a different way than usual due to the corona pandemic. At the end of March 2020, those responsible at Niantic welcomed the AR mapping experts from 6d.ai to the team. Mapping technology maybe used for the implementation of a virtual Pokémon Go Fest?

At the end of March 2020, Pokémon Go developers announced that they were joined by the team of AR mapping experts from 6d.ai. Niantic now has new resources for the development of a dynamic 3D world map, which allows for the expansion of a real environment with virtual features. The work of 6d.ai employees will be explained in more detail in the following words from those responsible at Niantic: "6D.ai, founded in 2017, was founded out of the Active Vision Lab at the University of Oxford. It develops technologies based on machine vision and developer tools that solve basic AR problems such as 3D reconstruction and AR persistence, and these and many other AR features are important parts of the Niantic experience that bring great benefits to both our players and our developer community The people who play our games today can look forward to additional exciting AR experiences in the future. " A gif, which the people of Niantic included, shows the strength of the tools of 6d.ai.






Extended AR - this virtual variant of an office space was created by 6d.ai in a very short time.



Extended AR – this virtual variant of an office space was created by 6d.ai in a very short time.

Source: Niantic 6D.ai




In the context of this, the people of Niantic admit that they have only scratched the surface of the possibilities of AR. In particular, the interaction between the virtual content and the real people and places still offers tons of diverse possibilities. "Imagine everyone could roam real-world Pokémon habitats or watch dragons flying through the sky and landing on buildings in real time. Imagine our favorite characters taking us for a walk to hidden places or give us insider tips for your own city or friends leave personal notes in the world that you can find and read later, "write the developers of Pokémon Go.

Interesting is the acquisition of 6d.ai by Niantic in view of the announcement that open-air events like the Pokémon Go Fest cannot be organized as originally planned in times of the corona pandemic. The developers of the pocket monster game have already said that they are working on the Pokémon Go Fest with a completely new approach. "We use our creative energy to bring the feeling and enthusiasm of a live event directly to your home," they also wrote at the end of March.

This suggests that the developers of Pokémon Go are working on a virtual version of the Pokémon Go Festival – this is of course not confirmed. We will probably only find out in the near future how Pokémon Go events will turn out in the near future. Integrating 6d.ai technology could make this quite interesting.

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