- Niantic makes their augmented reality metaverse technologies open to the public, calling it “Lightship”
- Their goal is to create a crowdsourced 3D map of the world.
Source: The Verge
Niantic is positioned differently than most metaverse companies. Pokémon Go might be the most popular augmented reality experience created to date, giving Niantic experience in the metaverse that most companies are only starting to step into.
Taking a different approach, Niantic is making available the technology that Pokémon Go was built on and is calling it Lightship. Lightship offers a way to help developers understand those elements and build custom games and other experiences around them. The long-term goal is to create a crowdsourced, three-dimensional map of the world. In the meantime, the idea is to create software that adapts to your surroundings. If you’re standing on the beach, maybe your phone shows you a monster coming out of the water. If you’re on dry land, maybe that same monster claws out of the grass. Or if you’re indoors, maybe a virtual ball bounces off the table in front of you.
And yet when it comes to the metaverse itself, the company is not a fan. “The Metaverse is a Dystopian Nightmare. Let’s Build a Better Reality,”