Niantic releases Lightship VPS on the internet

Lightship VPS for Web is Niantic‘s announcement of the integration of its visual positioning system with the 8th Wall platform. New browser-based technology allows virtual objects to interact with their physical surroundings and anchors WebAR content to specific locations.

The technology enhances a setting, opening the door to an infinite variety of possibilities for designers. Using this method, you can attract customers to unique locations, such as beautiful parks or specialty shops. With the 8th Wall platform, developers can combine multiple VPS experiences into one massive event, like a digital scavenger hunt, that can take place in multiple cities or countries.

Niantic CEO John Hanke told GamesBeat, “At Niantic, we believe that the real-world metaverse should get people exploring and connecting in the world around them.” By making Lightship VPS available on the Internet, developers will be able to more seamlessly integrate virtual elements into the physical world. Exciting early demos are coming in from partners all over the world, and we know this is just the start. We’re excited to see what our developer community comes up with for location-based augmented reality experiences using this new service.

Lightship VPS utilises Niantic’s augmented reality world map to enable pinpoint localization of augmented reality content. Combining Lightship VPS and 8th Wall enables developers to build VPS-enabled mobile browser experiences. Additionally, it provides developers with a 3D mesh of a given area to work with.

This affords developers the opportunity to experiment with occlusion and physics, thereby enhancing the degree to which in-game items can interact with their real-world counterparts. Generally speaking, the environment is not important for an augmented reality experience. The ability for digital objects to communicate with one another and with the physical world has been realised.

Coders assisting coders

Niantic’s augmented reality map can be updated in real time with new VPS-enabled locations thanks to developer contributions. They can select from among the over one hundred thousand VPS-enabled locations already added by other programmers. Streets, parks, businesses, landmarks, and more can all be included on the augmented reality map.

Niantic’s augmented reality map relies on scans of physical locations contributed by developers, surveyors, and players. The global community has contributed millions of locations, photographs, and scans from all corners of the globe. The information they provide is crucial to Lightship’s ability to provide localised services with few complications.

Thanks to the work of the Niantic community and other developers, augmented reality (AR) experiences can now be simulated remotely.