This week, Apple finally introduced ARKit, a set of tools for creating augmented reality in apps. It’s something Facebook and Google have already pushed into, and since ARKit won’t debut until the Apple iOS 11 is out later this year, it would be understandable if would-be AR tinkerers might be a little impatient.
The good news is that there’ve been free tools for creating augmented reality — blending virtual videos, 3-D models and other content with the real world (as viewed through, say, a phone’s camera) — for a while now. For instance, the app “Aurasma” is one that a lot of educators are using. For a recent space-related group project, one of the teams at my daughter’s school employed the app to embed space videos and photos onto a posterboard presentation. Parents and other students could use an iPad to watch that extra content by aiming the device’s camera at the poster.
While Apple’s ARKit may end up reaching a huge audience, there’s no reason to wait for it if you want to start experimenting with AR now.
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