August 8, 2022
Pokémon Go Makers Working on Niantic AR Glasses, CEO John Hanke Tees

Niantic CEO John Hanke has shared a teaser image for the company’s first AR glasses. The company known for developing Pokemon Go is working extensively across the Augmented Reality spectrum. The reveal only shows a portion of the augmented reality glasses but doesn’t specify how the glasses will work. Niantic is known for developing AR games such as Pokémon Go, Ingress and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Niantic is also working with Nintendo to develop an AR-based mobile game for the popular puzzle game, Pikmin.

recently Tweet While teasing the AR Glasses from Niantic, Hanke said, “We’re excited to see the progress we’re making to enable new types of devices that take advantage of our platform.” The image only shows the temples of the glasses along with a strap that has the Niantic logo in orange. The temples feel thick and feature a small speaker grille. However, no further details have been provided about the specs from the software developer.

Pokémon Go was launched in July 2016 and has gained massive popularity since then. It was unlike any other Pokémon game released before and featured hordes of people trying to catch Pokémon placed in real-world locations. According to the data from Sensor Tower, the game saw massive popularity, earning $3.6 billion (about Rs 26,300 crore) in the first four years of its launch. Recently, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Pokemon Go adapted its gameplay to make it more stay-at-home friendly. The game now lets users meet up with friends virtually for Pokémon Raid and the Adventure Sync feature now counts your steps inside your home as well.

Nintendo and Niantic announced their partnership to develop more AR-based titles in the future. The first of these is going to be a Pikmin-based game where users will guide Pikmin creatures like plants to complete puzzles. Niantic launched its line of AR-based games with Ingress, a location-based game that lets users interact with “portals” that are close to users’ real-world location. The game was first launched in 2012 and received an update in 2018 with Ingress Prime, bringing better visuals and new features to the game.

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