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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAt Apple's WWDC event, Lego stopped by to show off how ARKit can enhance play with building blocks using an iOS device, and it looks very promising. Lego has created a new augmented reality experience that supplements your physical Lego kits with virtual buildings, people, foliage, and vehicles. Build a physical Lego structure, Apple showcased the Assembly Square building, and hold up your iPad or iPhone running the AR app to see the entire thing come to life. More Lego buildings, characters, and vehicles were added to fill out the town. Characters were alive inside the buildings and carrying on with their lives and the characters the players controlled could drive the vehicles. © Apple Game missions like putting out fires and saving bystanders from a burning building were shown off. And the whole world believed that gamers created could be saved and returned to at any time. Apple is calling this 'Persistent AR'. Basically, users can start a puzzle on a table and come back to it later in the same state or create an art project over the course of a few weeks without starting over each time. © Apple This has been made possible thanks to 3D object detection in Apple's ARKit 2.0. ARKit 2.0 allows up to four players to experience a Lego world at the same time, with the changes made by one player instantly visible on the others' screens. Apple says that ARKit 2 is a more powerful platform than the original ARKit since it can allow multiple users to play a game or collaborate on projects together. There is also support for a "spectator mode" so that friends and family can see AR gameplay from another iOS device without participating. © Apple “When we combine physical and digital together like this, it really opens up those creative play possibilities,” Martin Sanders, Lego's director of innovation said. For those who are concerned about kids physical activities being reduced, this AR experience only comes to life once the actual structure has been built on Lego. Apple or Lego in no way intend to replace the physical blocks with virtual ones, that'll just be outright stupid and take away the fun of actually building things with blocks.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsApple has scheduled its Worldwide Developer Conference 2018 (WWDC) for June 4 and will be showing off the release of its next-generation mobile OS, iOS 12. Last year after multiple major bugs were discovered in the system and its forceful slow-down of the processor, Apple acknowledged that the next iteration of iOS will be focusing more on fixing these issues and making it more stable. While iOS 12 is expected to make the OS a lot more stable by bringing in improvements, a recent report by The Information also suggests that Apple will bring changes to the Near Field Communication (NFC) chips embedded in present iPhones. All iPhones since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have an NFC chip, but the usage of this chip is restricted by Apple only for Apple Pay transactions. © MensXP However, the company wants its phone to be used in more ways, such as a hotel door key, or as a virtual transit card for transportation. These changes will make full use of the CoreNFC framework first introduced in iPhones with iOS 11, which in turn will allow iPhones to work as mediums of contactless interactions. While some hotels currently allow the iPhone to be used to unlock a room, this is currently achieved using a Bluetooth LE signal, which is not as secure as NFC. "Apple employees are already using their iPhones to unlock doors at Apple Park, likely via custom badge readers detailed in Federal Communications Commission filings last year," the report added. Apps not made by Apple were given a limited amount of access to the iPhone NFC chip with iOS 11, but apparently, a lot of the restrictions are going to be lifted, letting developers build more advanced features. © Android Pit Further details about improved NFC abilities of iPhones should be made available when Apple takes to the stage at McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, next week. Android devices have supported NFC for years now and the chips have usually been open for third-party developers. Even now you can simply buy a cheap NFC tag, programme it for a particular function like switching on your device WiFi and you are good to go. Henceforth, whenever you scan that particular tag, WiFi will be switched on automatically. NFC opens up a plethora of futuristic applications and has largely been in the shadow. Source: The Information