Over the past year, two trends have emerged among increased software development for reality: making it easier to create AR content and giving AR devices a better environmental understanding with just one smartphone camera.
These two batches are about to join as Torch will integrate the AR Cloud platform from 6D.ai (or 6D for short) to its mobile AR prototype tool, the companies announced last week.
Now called Real Platform, 6D's AR Cloud platform can build a real-time 3D network, adds cloud anchors for multiplayer features, provides space awareness for persistent content, and provides real world location for 3D content embedded in the torch. In addition, the platform for reality masks the masks built by various smartphones to build a comprehensive digital twin in the real world.
"Usually, advanced computer vision technology has only been available through specialized coding frames, but now more people will be able to use these powerful features at the touch of a button," said Paul Reynolds, CEO of Torch, in a blog post.
Reynolds told Next Reality that the integration of 6D in the torch will be available to limited partners this month for ex-ante evaluation with commercial availability that follows in the second quarter of 2019. Interested parties can contact Torch for quick access.  The aggregated powers of both platforms aim to empower advertising agencies, marketing teams and other non-programmers with the ability to easily create their own AR experiences that are more realistic and environmentally aware than current generation tools allow. In addition, the combined tool will work with both ARKit and ARCore.
"Just as Adobe did for desktop publishing in the 80s, Torch and 6D are democratizing AR development for all companies, taking it out of specialized teams and making it available to everyone," said Matt Miesnieks, CEO of 6D. in the same blog post. "Now is the time to build."
But in my limited testing with Torch, I didn't find the app so easy to use as other platforms that boast simplicity in AR creation, and I'm pretty competent with general computing. And while 6D has shown some impressive superpowers, we haven't yet seen an app published in the real world running on its AR cloud platform.
Nevertheless, this mating of AR companies is still a promising, though not entirely seamless, development.