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Build Real-World AR
Lightship gives you the tools to create real-world AR experiences that inspire people to explore the world, together.
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Niantic Lightship enables developers to build immersive AR experiences that seamlessly fuse digital creations with the real world.

Lightship is the cross-platform toolkit for creating real-world AR experiences. It provides all the geospatial services, computer vision capabilities, and multiplayer features developers need to build social location-based applications for iOS and Android devices. And with our Unity AR Foundation integration, it’s simple to bring these to your existing apps or leverage in familiar workflows.

Mapping, understanding and sharing with Lightship

Niantic Lightship empowers developers with the same tools for mapping, understanding and sharing that we use to build our most popular games. You can anchor persistent content precisely to real-world locations with Niantic Map and VPS, use Lightship Maps to build with map tiles optimized for AR, create magical multiplayer experiences with Shared AR, and make virtual objects interact believably with the physical environment with semantic segmentation, object detection, meshing, depth and occlusion.

Elevating brands with memorable experiences

Looking to bring AR into your app experience? Whether you’re an artist, major brand, or non-profit Niantic’s in-house experts can help. We help innovative brands leverage realistic AR experiences to make deeper connections with their audiences, inspire change, and shape the next frontier in consumer technology.

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