Nianatic’s Acquisition Matrix Mill Working to Make AR Objects Appear “Behind” Real Objects

Published by , July 16, 2018 2:27 pm

(TechCrunch.com) Niantic has just acquired Matrix Mill, a company that has been working to tackle the challenge of making something in augmented reality (like, say, a Pikachu in Pokémon GO) and something in actual reality (like, say, a human, or a car, or a planter) passes in front of it, make the rendered object appear to be “behind” the real one.
Matrix Mill has been working on a product it calls “Monodepth” — a tool that takes data from a single RGB camera, passes it through a neural network and spits out depth data fast enough to be integrated into a real-time game. The company recently demonstrated its tech to a handful of press yesterday, showing an example of a Pikachu running around in Niantic’s existing AR engine versus one integrating Matrix Mill’s tool.

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