The gap between augmented reality on a mobile device with dedicated forward-looking camera and a desktop or notebook PC that’s less flexible and without a handy camera is a big one. But developers are still looking at bringing AR experiences to the PC browser. Google is the latest to have a go, with its WebAR initiative “Article” for iOS and Android browsers, plus PCs.
The download kit can add augmented content to a webpage and show off the AR feature in the most suitable way for the device. On A PC, users can rotate the 3D image, while on a mobile, users can go full AR and show it on a table and move around it or interact in other ways.
— Google VR (@googlevr) January 22, 2018
Everything is still very much in experimental mode, with the onus on coders to get out there and start work to see what sticks. Follow the #WebAR hashtag to see what folks are doing. But, in a year or so, we could have a system where AR is more friendly in the browser and more accessible whatever the device.
In other Google news, ARCore developer preview 2 went live just before Christmas, with a full version one launch expected within the coming months.