When Apple releases iOS 11 to the public next month, it will also release ARKit for the first time. The framework, designed to make bringing augmented reality to iOS a reality was first debuted during the opening keynote of WWDC 2017 when Apple announced iOS 11, and ever since then we have been seeing new concepts and demos be released by developers.
Those developers have given us a glimpse of what we can expect when apps taking advantage of ARKit start to ship alongside iOS 11, and the latest of those is a demonstration in which someone’s finger is used to draw on a notepad.
The demo, courtesy of Osama Abdel-Karim, uses ARKit and a library named Vision which includes the ability to track objects, allowing a fingernail to be tracked, and a drawing created based on that fingernail’s movements. The result is what appears to be a user drawing using nothing more than their hand, and it looks extremely impressive in action.
Abdel-Karim has already shared the steps used to create the demonstration and has even made public all source code relating to it.
This is just the latest in a long line of demos which have given us a taste of what we can look forward to once developers start to publish their work to the App Store. Virtual tape measures, tools for measuring surface area, and apps that can show you what a piece of furniture will look like in your home, are all things we have seen, and we simply cannot wait to see what developers have been working on but have not yet shared because it will become an app in the future.
Apple will release iOS 11 next month, and we expect ARKit apps to launch alongside it.
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