Niantic is planning an ambitious project that should use Pokemon GO players’ help to create maps. More precisely, the company wants to expand augmented reality beyond the realm of characters, and use the players’ cameras to create AR maps.
Pokemon GO players will provide data for the AR maps
Niantic was once a part of Google but, many years ago, it decided to part ways with the tech giant and go on its own journey. However, it seems it still kept something from the Google spirit. Niantic wants to create AR maps and needs the help of Pokemon GO players for it.
You most probably know Pokemon GO is using augmented reality for its characters. Now, it thought this wasn’t enough, so it decided to come to everybody’s help by developing some AR maps. Niantic is planning to ask players to help them map landmarks and other iconic places in cities by using their cameras.
Niantic wants to sell this data to third parties
This already sounds like a great feature for Pokemon GO players, but Niantic doesn’t want to stop here. If the AR map development goes as planned, the company is willing to make the technology available to other third-party partners.
This technique isn’t so common for AR maps and development. Usually, companies who deal with it use special equipment to scan the surroundings and use it for augmented reality. However, Niantic seems to be following another successful model. Just like Foursquare gave its check-in data to third parties, Niantic will be giving away information on the location of a game.
However, you shouldn’t worry. The company assured all users it wouldn’t be going to collect private data and then sell it to third-party partners. Also, they don’t know when all these AR maps should be ready. They haven’t announced when the mapping should start, or if it’s Niantic will use data from other AR games.
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