Lightship ARDK 3.4: Create real-world AR with more awareness and accuracy.
Dive into the latest update made to improve your real-world AR experiences with Object Detection, World Pose, and more.

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Lightship ARDK 3.4, marking another leap forward in spatial computing development. This update is packed with innovative features that refine accuracy, immersion, and user experience, empowering developers to create more engaging and real-world AR experiences.

Object Detection: Sharper, Smarter Interactions 🕵️‍♂️

Now production-ready, Object Detection offers developers the ability to create context-aware AR experiences that interact with real-world objects like never before. Imagine bringing an educational app to life where children can point their devices at various objects in a museum, and through Object Detection, the app provides them with interactive, educational content about the history or significance of that specific object. Or, consider a retail app that enhances shopping experiences by recognizing products on shelves, offering instant reviews, price comparisons, or virtual try-on features. The broadened recognition and enhanced precision of Object Detection in ARDK 3.4 open up these possibilities, allowing developers to craft deeply engaging and informative AR experiences tailored to users’ real-world surroundings.

  • Broadened Recognition: Added over 200 object classes like vehicles, foods, and animals, expanding the range of interaction possibilities.

  • Enhanced Precision: Each detection is now accompanied by accurate bounding boxes and confidence scores, ensuring reliability in object interaction.

  • Seamless Integration: Developers can effortlessly incorporate this feature into their new and existing projects, bringing a new layer of interaction to their AR experiences.


Simulation: Accelerate AR development from your desktop 💻

The Simulation feature in ARDK 3.4 revolutionizes how developers interact with Unity’s simulation environments, offering seamless testing and configuration of Lightship’s robust features — directly from your desktop. This pivotal upgrade not only speeds up the development cycle but also ensures that AR applications are fine-tuned for real-world use, inviting developers to explore the full potential of AR without the extensive time investment.

  • Unity-Integrated Testing: Directly engage with Lightship’s functionalities within Unity’s simulation platform, letting you test and iterate on your projects right from your desktop.

  • Real-World Mimicry: Use simulations that precisely replicate both everyday and VPS-scanned environments, saving significant development time and increasing model accuracy.

  • Efficient Iterations: Benefit from faster iteration cycles, allowing for the swift refinement and validation of AR scenarios, ultimately leading to a superior end-user experience.

World Pose: A New Era of Navigation Accuracy 🧭

World Pose, an experimental feature in ARDK 3.4, redefines how AR content persistently interacts with the real world through enhanced navigational accuracy. This advancement allows developers to craft location-based AR applications that offer a seamless, jitter-free user experience, virtually eliminating the lag and jump associated with conventional GPS data.

  • Compass and GPS Enhancement: Dramatically improves your app’s compass and GPS data, reducing drift and enhancing real-world placement.

  • Accurate Geocaching: Enables precise placement and tracking of objects globally, enriching navigation and exploration experiences.

  • Long Immersive Experiences: As the user moves around, WPS maintains the device’s position, making it suitable for continuous use over long periods of time and distances.

Occlusion: Visual Fidelity Redefined 🔲

The Occlusion feature in Lightship ARDK 3.4 has undergone significant enhancements, providing developers with advanced tools for achieving unparalleled visual fidelity in AR experiences. These updates focus on improving the seamless integration of digital content into the physical world, with features like Edge Smoothing and Stabilization Enhancements designed to refine the interaction between virtual and real elements. Additionally, the introduction of a Debug Mode empowers developers with the ability to precisely fine-tune and visualize occlusion effects in real-time, ensuring digital content not only fits within but also interacts naturally with its physical surroundings.

  • Edge Smoothing: Introduces an option to smooth the edges of occluded objects, enhancing the natural integration of digital elements.

  • Stabilization Enhancements: Improvements in occlusion stabilization ensure that AR content interacts with the environment more realistically.

  • Debug Mode: A new debug mode allows developers to visualize occlusion stabilization in action, fine-tuning the AR experience.

These feature enhancements represent our commitment to innovation, precision, and usability, providing developers with the tools needed to create immersive real-world AR experiences.

Download ARDK 3.4 today and dive into the documentation to start building the future of augmented reality!

Published April 10, 2024
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