Browse Definitions:
Definition

ARKit

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

ARKit (Apple ARKit) is Apple’s augmented reality (AR) development platform for iOS mobile devices.

ARKit allows developers to build high-detail AR experiences for iPad and iPhone. Environments captured through the device can have animated 3D virtual text, objects and characters added to them. AR scenes made by one individual are persistent and can be seen by others visiting the location later.

ARKit was introduced along with iOS 11. As ARKit is specified to run on Core A9 and higher iOS devices, the AR experiences can have more detailed content and maintain better environmental awareness. With iPhone X, ARKit can perform real-time face scanning and use this data to drive facial expressions of 3D characters.

Using the iOS device’s camera, accelerometers, gyroscope and context awareness, ARKit performs environment mapping as the device is moved. Sensor fusion of the inertial sensor data with the data from the camera allows for highly accurate location awareness and mapping. The software picks out visual features in the environment such as planes and tracks motion in conjunction with information from the inertial sensors. The camera is also used to determine light sources by which AR objects are lit. Apple’s solution to the increased detail and therefore memory usage is a sliding map where old data disappears for new. Users can place anchors to mark creations they want to save.

According to industry speculation, ARKit may have come from Apple’s acquisition of the AR company Matario. The company had already demonstrated solid AR technology and a well-received API.

This was last updated in October 2017

Continue Reading About ARKit

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • security information and event management (SIEM)

    Security information and event management (SIEM) is an approach to security management that seeks to provide a holistic view of ...

  • polymorphic virus

    A polymorphic virus is a harmful, destructive or intrusive type of malware that can change or 'morph,' making it difficult to ...

  • cyberterrorism

    According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, cyberterrorism is any 'premeditated, politically motivated attack against ...

SearchHealthIT

  • accountable care organization (ACO)

    An accountable care organization (ACO) is an association of hospitals, healthcare providers and insurers in which all parties ...

  • patient engagement

    Patient engagement is an ideal healthcare situation in which people are well-informed about -- and motivated to be involved -- in...

  • personal health record (PHR)

    A personal health record (PHR) is a collection of health-related information that is documented and maintained by the individual ...

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

  • NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)

    NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) is a technology specification designed to enable nonvolatile memory express message-based commands to...

  • cloud object storage

    Cloud object storage is a format for storing unstructured data in the cloud.

  • parallel file system

    A parallel file system is a software component designed to store data across multiple networked servers and to facilitate ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close