Watch the global launch of the Lightship Platform. We open the vault of tech that powers games like Pokemon Go, Pikmin Bloom, and Ingress. The first set of Niantic Lightship ARDK tools are available at

What’s in the toolkit? Everything you need to build your own AR experience.

🗺️ MAPPING: Create a dynamic, detailed 3D map of the environment
✅ Quickly create a mesh map of a user’s environment
✅ Allow virtual objects to interact naturally with the surfaces and topography around the user

🔍 UNDERSTANDING: tools to help you identify the real-world environment for adaptive AR:
✅ Semantic segmentation identifies objects in the environment like ground, sky, water, buildings, and more — allowing virtual objects to move and interact realistically.

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 SHARING: tools for multi-player AR gameplay:
✅ Support up to 5 players, concurrently
✅ Speedy networking
✅ Lightweight gaming functions like session-persistent storage

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