During the decadent days of October, at the Innovation Tokyo 2018 conference, participants received hands on some of the new enhanced reality experiences that Niantic works on through its true world platform.
Among the experiences available to the 12,000 participants who visited the "AR Playground with the Niantic" show were Pokémon AR Garden where players sought Mori Gardens for Pokémon based on spatial audio signals rather than visual indicators and climbed up the stairs of virtual gym in VR with haptic feedback.
The Spatial Audio AR Experience was made via Headphones provided by Ambie . Players followed the sounds of the virtual pockets that spread throughout the space.
"Earphone headphones mixed the play sound with the natural sounds of Mori Garden, which enhanced the beautiful atmosphere of chirping birds and flowing water," said Niantic CEO John Hanke in a blog post. "In the end, the experience showed how increased audio activity can change its perception of public space without distracting it."
The sound experience was also applied to Ingress Sound Game where the players were ruled by audio signals through a shopping complex while avoiding the real life of "security agents."
In addition, Niantic was worth a HoloLens experience based on Ingress. Visitors could see a table platform of Roppongi Hills district such as Ingress Portals and Control Fields, highlighted with light from overhead projectors, pulsating and visual data overlays were shown by HoloLens.
Finally, participants must play the code name Neon AR multiplayer laser tag games as Niantic demoed to push as part of their Real World Platform reveal earlier this year.
"Although AR is still in its infancy, it was exciting to build these projects and to see consumers get a brief glimpse of how the real world could be improved with this technique," said Hanke (who is also a member of NR30 for 2018.
"While some are enamored with the idea of replacing people with machines or the concept of creating virtual worlds so realistic we may want to leave ourselves behind, we think the world around us and the people around us are more wonderful and exciting, anything that can be produced. It is our goal to use techno logic to get the best in the people and places we interact with, and to nurture appetite for exploration and society that exists in all of us. "
With multiplayer support, sustained content and real world occupation will soon be in the form of Niantic Real World Platform, the Niantics team seems ready to do well on that goal by Introduce another layer of immersion to the existing range of site-based games.