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How LiDAR enabled iOS devices are amplifying AR visualisation for consumers?

How LiDAR Is Advancing Augmented Reality
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Apr 10 2021

Augmented Reality has the ability to add to a product’s value proposition by allowing users to explore, visualise and interact with the product. Adding a LiDAR sensor to it unlocks greater accuracy in placing any data being showcased in AR.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. Simply put, a LiDAR scanner determines the distance between itself and any object using a pulse of infrared light. The time it takes for the pulse of light to bounce back from the object helps in determining it’s distance from the scanner. Thousands of such pulses reflecting back to the scanner paint a clear picture of the environment around the scanner.

Let us look at some of the use cases where LiDAR enabled iPhones and iPads have enhanced user experience.

According to Fortune Business Insights™, The global LiDAR drone market is projected to grow from $143.0 million in 2021 to $455.0 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 17.98% in forecast period, 2021-2028

LiDAR helps in generating a more detailed understanding of the surrounding. Thus, assisting in creating a high density 3D model of the scanned areas. This also helps in creating a better occlusion effect, the phenomenon where virtual objects disappear behind real ones to create a more realistic experience.

Apps are taking full advantage of this addition. Domains like real estate, interior design, home furnishings, education and gaming have seen tremendous rise in the adaptation of this technology. From accurately measuring and designing a floor plan to browsing and placing true-to-scale 3D models of furniture in your very own space, to studying human anatomy with life like models, LiDAR enabled devices are transforming the way we live.

We had an opportunity to design and develop a scanning application that scans an object or even a room to capture the point cloud and generate a digital twin of your space. You can share the model with others and collaborate. The model could be visualised within the app using RealityKit framework.

A different requirement took us to a very intriguing space where an IoT sanitising device mounted on the iPhone needs to virtually paint and display the surfaces that have been sanitised using the device.

We at Technostacks, a leading mobile app development company, created a mesh network of the surround using LiDAR scanner on iPhone/iPad and would paint the surface using the RealityKit. During the ongoing pandemic, this solution enabled the users to visualise and confirm that every nook and corner of their homes was being sanitised, thus giving them peace of mind.

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