O ARKit remains one of Apple's big bets for the near future, just see that the platform was highlighted nominally in Ma's keynote yesterday, as one of the company's weapons in its conquest of the educational segment. And speaking of the “ordinary” consumer market, it seems that things are also going smoothly.
A recent survey by Sensor Tower revealed that since the launch of iOS 11 (and the first apps taking advantage of the technology, therefore), on September 19 of last year, more than 13 million downloads of applications based on ARKit were performed by users. In other words, yes: the platform is gaining traction, and it is fast!
Analyzing the chart above, the first information that is clear: ARKit shows no signs of slowing down. Its growth rate has been more or less the same since it came into the world, and this is great news for Apple if the pace remains the next few months / years, we are looking at the world's largest augmented reality platform with some slack. .
Sensor Tower also broke those 13 million downloads across categories and, as expected, the most popular segment among consumers of augmented reality apps and games. See s:
Almost half (47%) of downloads accounted for by the firm are games, which creates an abyss between this category and the following: apps utilities account for a 14% share, while entertainment only 12% and Lifestyle, 11%. Applications photo and video, in turn, represent 6% of downloads and those of education, only 4% shows that Apple will have to make an extra effort to take ARKit to schools and the hands of teachers and students.
The free application that uses the framework ARKit with the highest number of downloads is the AR Dragon simulator, from PlaySide Studio; The most downloaded (and highest-paid) paid app is CamToPlan Pro, which uses augmented reality technology as a measurement tool.
It is good to remember that Sensor Tower is only considering applications 100% based on ARKit and released after its availability; apps that already existed before and launched an augmented reality section later, like Pokmon GO, do not count.
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Of course, taking advantage of the hook, it's time to talk about some more examples of ARKit that filled our eyes (and the eyes of the internet in general). For example: how about this version of Street Fighter transported to the real world?
The concept created by developer Abhishek Singh (the same one that, a few months ago, made that beautiful tribute to “The Call” in the real world) admittedly still seems a little slow and not very favorable from the gameplay point of view, but it can become something very cool with some adjustments. I support!
Not so cool, but worthy of comment due to the popularity of the blessed cat, the “Walkie Talkie Cat”. You certainly have seen cute kitten apps on the internet that repeat everything you say with an unbearably high-pitched voice, but this new Nedd project incorporates ARKit into the mix for much more accurate results. Let's see:
Like a slightly more disturbing species of Animoji, the kitten does very well and at least it does not turn the person's voice into something out of some hell's step. The idea is to make the creation an add-on to communication applications, like video chats, or remote assistance (although I don't see much possibility that people have taken an anthropomorphized cat seriously).
If the idea speaks of usefulness, however, you can't pass up this proof of concept from developer Adam Pickard. He took the new augmented reality catalogs from IKEA and took them to the next level, creating an interactive and intelligent assembly manual on the smartphone itself for people who are not very skilled with those piles of pieces of wood, screws and nuts (ie good part of the world population).
O AssembleAR I would read a bar code in the box of the furniture in question and present an “animated” manual on the screen of the cell phone, with all the parts contained in the package and the order of assembly of them, assisting the user in the most complicated hours with tips and animations.
For now the idea is just a demonstration, but would it be great to see furniture companies embracing the initiative and making consumers' lives easier, anyway?
via TechCrunch; Cult of Mac: 1, 2