Facebook today announces new features for its Spark AR platform, which the company believes will be used by developers and producers to create metaverse functionalities. Spark AR’s new features assist provide improved AR capabilities to apps built on the platform, as the company outlined its aspirations to establish a digital ‘metaverse’ in its second-quarter earnings call this year.
In the field of technology, the metaverse is a concept that dates back to the 1960s. It envisions a digital society in which people can collaborate, buy real estate, and go about their daily lives. It is frequently shown in science fiction films such as Ready Player One.
The company announced that it will release the Polar app for iPhones, which will allow users to “create and share” AR effects. And filters from their phones. “Polar is a free iOS software powered by Spark AR that makes it simple to envision, create, and share AR effects and filters right on your phone.” Polar was made by creators for creators, with an easy user interface. And a variety of presets to help you get started with effect creation,” the company said in a blog post.
Geofence AR results and physique monitoring
A new Geo JS software programming interface (API) is also made by the company, which allows AR use-cases to be specific to geographic areas. The feature, according to Facebook, maybe use to build scavenger hunts, guide tours, and other AR activations that need to be tied to specific locations in the real world.
The feature could be useful for games like Pokemon Go, music concerts. And other events where AR results must be “link to discrete points of interest around the venue.” “In Spark AR Studio, the Geo JS API will offer a world tracker and open up some fascinating, new options for various AR experiences anchor to a certain latitude and longitude coordinates,” according to the blog post.
Spark AR will now include two additional features: body monitoring and hand monitoring. Builders will be able to link AR outcomes to specific body motions using body monitoring. Which is something that platforms like Snapchat already do. Yesterday, the American messaging and digital camera company teamed with Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart to exploit similar features for e-commerce.
Hand monitoring, on the other hand, can assist in incorporating gestures into AR functions. “This is the initial phase of a multi-phased functionality release that may benefit the field of hand bounding”. “We’ve seen some playful uses of hand monitoring in our beta testing so far, ranging from performative artwork. And comedic performances to fanciful superpowers,” Facebook said.
The company has not stated when Geo JS, body, and hand monitoring will be available.
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Spark AR will also work to make it easier for developers to insert 3D things in the real world. “We’re also improving our technical tooling to enable high-fidelity experiences, particularly for use cases like commerce and purchasing.