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

  • phishing

    Phishing is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person in email or other communication ...

  • vulnerability disclosure

    Vulnerability disclosure is the practice of publishing information about a computer security problem, and a type of policy that ...

  • incident response

    Incident response is an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or cyberattack, also ...

SearchHealthIT

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

  • flash memory

    Flash memory, also known as flash storage, is a type of nonvolatile memory that erases data in units called blocks.

  • NAND flash memory

    NAND flash memory is a type of nonvolatile storage technology that does not require power to retain data.

  • NOR flash memory

    NOR flash memory is one of two types of nonvolatile storage technologies.

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