Google Chrome heading towards AR API, Daydream support

June 1, 2017, 2:08 p.m. By: Vishakha Jha

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WebVR is a JavaScript API for creating immersive 3D, Virtual Reality experiences in your browser. It allows the user to visit experiences on the web without having to download an app. Chrome is one of the first internet browsers to include WebVR that allows you to head towards certain web pages and then access VR content. But what about WebAR?

On 18/May/17 the company has released an augmented reality API for Chromium. For now, it’s an experimental build, similar to early releases of WebVR, but it might provide developers with an idea of what AR could mean to the web. Although the content would require phones that could support systems like Tango platform. But with this new feature of Chrome, you’ll be able to browse web pages while in a headset, also launching WebVR content. Currently seen in the Lenovo Phab Pro 2 smartphone, the system includes depth-sensing cameras that allow a camera to move through the real world with virtual objects remaining in their correct position. Presently there are limited apps that support the tech but with web integration, the experience of the user could grow exponentially and reach entirely to a different level.

Soon Chrome browser will arrive as an app for Daydream, which means the user can access web pages without removing their headset. Details are scarce, but this might lead to the transition from traditional web pages to WebVR. Chrome could be a major app for those new standalone Daydream headsets that Google is developing.

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