Niantic Labs Shows Off New Augmented Reality Technology with Pokemon Adam S June 29, 2018 Android, iOS, Mobile, News Pokemon GO launched 2 years ago and still remains one of the most popular mobile games available. The use of augmented technology to project Pokemon and now the developers are showing a new Occlusion demo. Called Codename: Niantic Occlusion the tech allows their AR images to disappear behind objects. Unlike the current model for Pikachu and Eevee, used in the demo, can hide behind objects instead of remaining stationary. From Niantic’s video description: The recently acquired Matrix Mill team at Niantic has spent years building and perfecting deep neural networks that can infer information about the surrounding world from one or more cameras. This technology redefines how machines see and understand the 3D world and more importantly, how digital objects can interact with the real elements of it. Using computer vision and deep learning we are able to develop techniques to understand 3D space enabling much more realistic Augmented Reality (AR) interactions than are currently possible. In the above AR experience of Codename: Niantic Occlusion, you can see Pikachu and Eevee weaving through and around different objects in the real world, dodging feet and hiding behind planters. This level of integration into the environment around us is a proof-of-concept that excites us about the future of AR. It’s not clear if this will be used for Pokemon GObut it’s definitely interesting to see such technology in use. Pokemon GO is now available for mobile devices.