Pokemon GO is an addicting game and you may find yourself stuck onscreen in a hunt for mythical creatures for several hours a week. But wouldn’t it be great if we could do all of this without a phone?
I hope it’s possible thanks to Niantic’s AR glasses – a teaser that Niantic CEO John Hanke shared on Twitter. The company, which is also behind Pokemon GO did not say much about when they will be available or what they will be capable of.
It’s exciting to see the progress we’re making to enable new types of devices that leverage our platform… pic.twitter.com/yYglk4q89G
– John Hanke (@johnhanke) March 29, 2021
While Pokemon GO on AR glasses could be a pipe dream, so far it’s no secret that Niantic wants to map the world for augmented reality. Last year, the firm announced that the Niantic Real World platform to enable AR experiences on gadgets ranging from phones to “wearable devices of the future”.
Earlier this month, Niantic demonstrated a demo of actual Pokemon GO gameplay on the Hololens 2 headset at Microsoft’s Ignite Developer Conference.
We are delighted to collaborate with @microsoft & @hololens on new experiences that will weave together the digital and physical world. Find out about this proof-of-concept demonstration, built on our planetary platform, and the incredible possibilities that could lie ahead. https://t.co/ig0bQUIQ8b pic.twitter.com/gGk5djVayC
– Niantic, Inc. (@NianticLabs) March 2, 2021
The demo indicated that the game could run on mixed reality glasses – at least in a test environment. The company has not indicated when it plans to unveil the glasses. We’ve asked Niantic for a comment, and we’ll update the story if we have any news.
If analysts’ predictions are correct, Apple’s own AR glasses will arrive in 2025 and Oppo is set to release an AR headset with gesture control this year. The AR glasses market is therefore going to be very hot over the next few years. For my part, Can’t wait to play Pokemon GO with Dorky AR glasses.
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Published March 30, 2021 – 07:08 UTC