The ARCore Depth API

A new wave of AR realism

Android’s Depth API uses the phone camera to create a model of your environment

Depth is used to make AR experiences feel more believable

Digital objects interact with physical objects in a way that seems natural

Even appearing to move behind physical objects in a realistic way

Some Snapchat Lenses use the Depth API, such as this undersea world

The ARCore Depth API is rolling out to “hundreds of millions” of Android phones right now.

The technology is constantly improving, with higher-quality techniques on the horizon

Apple’s Depth API, which also works with the specialist cameras in its latest iPads, is coming soon in iOS14

Peter Gasston