The company could get into a hardware game.
It definitely looks like a Pokemon Go maker Niantic working on some augmented reality glasses.
It goes post on Twitter from CEO and Founder John Hanke, in which the CEO said it was “exciting to see the progress we’re making to enable the new types of devices that use our platform.” This is accompanied by a fairly cropped picture of the Niantic logo glasses.
Niantic has produced a number of mobile AR games so far, such as Pokemon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Ingress. The company is currently working on a title based on Nintendo’s Pikmin IP.
We are excited to see the progress we are making to enable new types of devices that use our platform … pic.twitter.com/yYglk4q89G
– John Hanke (@johnhanke) March 29, 2021
Niantic has so far achieved augmented reality through smartphone cameras; if a developer actually creates AR glasses, then this is the company’s first foray into both hardware and software production. But they were always here; as early as 2019, Niantic signed an agreement with chip manufacturer Qualcomm to work on AR glasses, but the company said at the time that it had “no plans” to produce its own hardware. We’ll probably have to see what’s really going on and how it all shook.
Niantic also recently showed what Pokemon Go might look like on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR glasses, with evidence of a concept video featuring Hanke doing all the action of the game.