The 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is ready to kick off on Monday and Apple is set to debut devices that will allow iPhone users to share augmented reality (AR) while limiting the personal data sent to its server.
Both Apple and their rival Google are racing to release AR tools to attract software developers to their platforms. AR has become a major focus at both companies.
Augmented reality allows viewers to see virtual structures superimposed on their surroundings through their cell phones or other devices.
Both companies are looking to enable two individuals to share the same virtual object in a similar space at the same time using their own device.
In any case, this has started security concerns – if AR applications become ordinary, individuals will be scanning their homes and other individual spaces routinely, engineers say.
“For artistic purposes, it’s phenomenal” to be able to precisely map out a user’s surroundings and overlay digital objects, said Joel Ogden, chief executive of Construct Studio, which makes augmented and virtual reality games.
“But we’re definitely going into some uncharted territory. There are a lot of really severe privacy implications we haven’t really explored yet,” he added.
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