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Our Tech Build immersive real‑world AR experiences for Unity and Web

We’re tackling two major technical undertakings:

We’re tackling two major technical undertakings:

Building a map that lets you anchor people and objects to the real world

Enabling shared experiences for 100M+ people with the Lightship Platform

Lightship Our platform. Your magic.

From scanning and augmenting locations in real-time, to enabling developers to tie experiences precisely to real-world locations, to enabling powerful multiplayer experiences, Niantic Lightship gives developers access to the same tools we use to build our most popular games.

Semantic segmentation
Understanding Know your surroundings Building or tree? Grass or sky? Our tools for semantic segmentation, occlusion, and object detection understand the environmental elements in a place by using deep learning-based computer vision technology to distinguish real-world objects in real time. With powerful features like meshing and depth perception, you can the place objects right in the scene. That means your AR objects will behave in believable ways – without any coding on your part.
Depth perception
Mapping Build at real-world locations Before you can build immersive AR experiences at real-world locations, you need to know the exact position and orientation of your users. With only a single image frame, Lightship VPS swiftly and accurately determines a user’s position and orientation in the real world. And with Lightship Maps, guide users to real-world experiences with customizable basemaps built specifically for AR.
Real-time meshing
Sharing Share the fun Playing outdoors together is at the heart of what we love at Niantic. Our multiplayer tools enable shared state and location, so people with different devices can interact with the same AR creations at the same time.
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