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Apple quietly laid the groundwork for a pair of smart glasses at its biggest conference of the year (AAPL)


Amidst the dozens of announcements made at its WWDC 2019 keynote last week, Apple quietly laid the groundwork for a pair of smart glasses, which have been rumored for years and are expected to finally release sometime in 2020.

Augmented reality, or AR, lets you see and manipulate virtual elements in the real world; this technology is expected to be the centerpiece of Apple's rumored smart glasses. And towards the end of its 2-hour keynote last week, Apple announced a handful of developer tools designed for building augmented reality experiences.

Apple announced three major AR tools at WWDC 2019: ARKit 3, RealityKit, and Reality Composer.Apple

ARKit is the foundation for AR on iOS. Announced back at WWDC 2017, ARKit let developers build apps with motion tracking, while being able to estimate space and ambient lighting. At the time, it basically made "Pokémon Go" look better.AP

ARKit 3, announced at WWDC 2019, is focused on how people actually interact with AR.Apple

The new framework has motion-capture technology so developers can integrate people's movements into their apps.Apple

It also has "People Occlusion," so people can walk around virtual content in a realistic fashion.Apple

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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