Pokemon Go Receives a More Realistic AR Pikachu thanks to the Developer’s New Technology

The Augmented Reality (AR) seems to be one of Niantic’s latest innovating areas. Nowadays, the developer is working on improving Pokemon Go by turning the AR tech into something more like actual reality. For that matter, they have created virtual versions of the sweetest characters, Pikachu and Eevee and have given them the possibility to hide behind objects from the real world.

This operation received the Codename: Niantic Occlusion and it has been presented by a brief demo video released by the developer. In this short footage, the Augmented Reality characters are shown as real-world environment characters. Players will be very excited to see this considering the fact that from now on, they won’t see any connection between Pikachu and the top of a camera feed.

The technology is described on Niantic’s YouTube channel

The team which has been working on developing the new technology joined Niantic recently. Under the name Matrix Mill, the specialists spent several years working on the development of a system that can induce information about the environment around us on different cameras.

Once discovered, this technique can redefine the way machines see the 3D world and how digital objects end up interacting with the real elements. The Codename: Niantic Occlusion operation presents AR Pokemon Go figures running among real people and hiding behind different objects from the actual surrounding world.

Also, they are making some independent gestures which show a high level of integration into the natural environment. From the experiment we can conclude that the future of AR is bright and will bring many surprises.

Niantic says that Codename: Niantic Occlusion can serve as concept note for innovative gameplay possibilities. Since virtual characters like Pikachu can become aware that different things are near and hide behind them, Pokémon Go and similar games will become even more challenging if they’re played in AR mode.

In case you are interested, you can see the video Codename: Niantic Occlusion on the developer’s official YouTube channel:

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