There was a lot to take away from the Vision Summit keynote, including evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins observations that ‘virtual reality is run by software in the brain’. However the big news is that Google Tango is now integrated into the Unity engine.
Unity has previously supports apps for Google’s other VR headsets, Cardboard and Daydream, but Google product manager, Nathan Martz that ‘announced that Daydream will experience an update this May allowing creators to test VR and AR changes for their app in minutes.’
A round up, published on the Unity blog, also showed Vuforia Smart Terrain and Tango working together to build an AR version of Mars on the stage with AI that understood the geometry of the environment.
There were further examples of the AR experience with other cpanies including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and talks from other companies and dignitaries like NFL and Audi.
Another interesting note from the summit was Microsoft principal group manager Brandon Bray announcing that 91 per cent of the applications for the HoloLens headset are made with Unity and that Mixed Reality will soon be available on Unity, to take advantage of the new Acer MR headsets coming this year.
He also gifted the audience members with their own headset.
One final nice game related point is the 2017 Vision VR/AR Summit awards where Superhot VR won best game.