What is VPS?

Everybody has used the GPS. The one to-go feature for all your navigating problems. Global positioning system has been successful in tracking the outdoor objects on a map(i.e. buildings, shops etc) but what about the indoors (i.e tracking inside a shop/building)

This is where VPS comes into picture. Google released concept of new technology called Visual Positioning Service,which uses augmented reality on mobile phones and tablets for navigation.

Google’s Augmented Reality platform

While the GPS will help you reach the door of the the shop, VPS helps you in locating the exact position of the items you want to buy from the shop.

VPS makes use of machine learningcomputer vision and mapping coordinates.

This technology along with audio-interface  is a game changer for visually impaired.

The technology is in its initial stage and still developing with not much application however once its perfected it will spread like wildfire.

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Google’s ARcore for Android

Augmented Reality always had a upper hand over Virtual Reality . The ability to be present across millions of devices without buying any seperate device.

Apple realised the potential of AR first and it revealed the ARkit on iOS 11  during WWDC 2017.

Google realised it and came up with its very own AR platform called ARcore for Android

AR Core Gif

This isn’t Google’s first attempt at AR , earlier it had introduced Project Tango which requires specialized hardware like cameras and sensors while ARcore doesn’t.

According to Google, ARcore has 3 features:

1: Motion Tracking:Determining position and orientation of device as it moves.

2: Environmental Understanding: Using camera to detect flat surfaces.

3:Light Estimation: Which allows the virtual objects to cast accurate shadows and fit in with the surroundings.

As Google said it is targeting 100 million Android devices starting today with Google’s flagship Pixel and Samsung S8 , running Nougat 7.0 and above.

Along with ARcore , Google has introduced Blocks and Tiltbrush to easily create 3D content for AR apps.

Also it has released prototype browser allowing web developers to create AR enhanced websites.

Let us know what you think about AR. Peace!