We’ve all wanted Pokemon to be real in some point of our lives. Whether it's from the classic Red and Blue games, to the more recent Pokemon Go. Well, thanks to that never ending desire, the makers of Pokemon Go came up with a brand new way of interacting with your favourite Pocket Monster
In a new video by the company, Niantic showed off their new AR tech called “occlusion” in a demo, featuring a brand new technique that allows for Pikachu and Eevee to interact with the environment.
Granted, Pikachu and Eevee are still 3D polygonal models, but instead of remaining static like in Pokemon Go, they are now aware of their surroundings. The two Pokemon are able to run around real-world chairs and potted plants, as if they are one with their real-life environment. This level of realism with Pokemon has never been done before.
This new AR illusion is backed-up by a neural network which allows for virtual images to interact with the environment that is being shown through the device’s camera, meaning the program actually calculates and determines the depth and field of your surrounding area. This allows for Pikachu to run around and hide behind people, just like in the anime.
This news came straight from Niantic’s base of operations in San Francisco, with Niantic CEO John Hanke presenting the demo to reporters and announcing the company’s plans to allow third-party developers access to their augmented reality platform to develop apps as well. Niantic is calling it the Real World Platform and notes that the platform will continually improve as time goes on.
Hopefully this new tech will be on our mobile phones soon, seeing as Pokemon Let’s Go will be released at the end of the year, having this new way of interacting with your Pokemon might also bring back a lot of players to Pokemon Go. Maybe Niantic’s upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can tide us over until then.