Pokemon GO and Harry Potter AR team Niantic build a stronger team with the addition of Escher Reality

Started as an idea in the MIT Sandbox two years ago, Escher Reality builds back-end services for cross-platform mobile AR. The team has addressed some of the functionality not addressed by either ARKit or ARCore by developing a way to remember where you placed objects in your AR home or tell when another person is moving them around. 

With support ranging from Autodesk to Y Contaminator the team grew their product tremendously during 2017. With Niantic releasing their potentially huge Pokemon go follow up in  AR game Harry Potter Wizards Unite this year it is no wonder they made sure to acquire the Escher Reality team. The Niantic team released the following statment via blog post.

The addition of the Escher AR technology is incredibly exciting to us at Niantic as it significantly accelerates our work on persistent, shared AR as part of the Niantic real-world application platform. It’s our intention to make our cross-platform AR technology available more widely to developers later this year. Stay tuned for information on developer availability.

Get Ready for this NBA season with the official NBA App made in ARKit.

To celebrate the new NBA season a new official NBA AR App has arrived using Apple's ARKit

The NBA AR App offers unique AR experiences, starting with a pop-a-shot-type game that inspires you to play anywhere, anytime. Take your shots at an authentic NBA hoop as you compete against the clock -- and your friends -- to move up the global Game Center leaderboard.

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“We’ve always said that basketball can be played virtually anywhere – and today that takes on an expanded meaning,” Melissa Rosenthal Brenner, NBA Senior Vice President, Digital Media, said in a statement. “Augmented reality presents a variety of fascinating engagement opportunities, so we hope our fans download the app and try out their skills wherever they might be.”

Feeling ambitious? Step back beyond the arc for a three-pointer. Even turn on your audio to listen to the crowd cheer you on in the middle of the action.

Personalize the game by adding your favorite NBA team’s logo to the court and colors to the gaming experience. Look around - there may even be a few surprises waiting for you.

Shooting really well? Playing in a really cool setting? Brag to your friends and family by saving and sharing a replay of your game on social media and other messaging platforms. Use the hashtag #NBAR.