Hawaii iOS Developer Meetup – Session 52

During this meetup I covered ARKit 1.5. Previously with version 1.0 we were only able to detect horizontal planes. With ARKit 1.5 we are now able to detect vertical planes, irregular objects, and image tracking – in addition to horizontal planes.

I also experimented with the format of the meetup last night. Usually we do introductions then dive into the code. Last night we did introductions then I set a timer for 20 minutes and oversaw a conversation amongst the developers to find out what they thought about Augmented Reality.

During the talk I learned 3 things:

  1. AR will bring about a change where every surface that we see will be potential advertising space.
  2. AR will only take off when the consumer application (advertising) of the technology has fully landed.
  3. AR will allow two people to be looking at exactly the same thing but see completely different things.

That last point has been swimming around in my head ever since last night. It’s a fundamental change in how we deal with physical objects. Two things come up in hindsight that lead me to believe that this is a fundamental change that seems trivial but is actually 80% of the profound changes coming.

When I was making iOS apps in 2009 I totally missed the fact that the majority of time people spend on their phones was on text messaging. I missed the entire picture when Whatsapp offered a free international/multi-carrier messaging service.

During the coding portion of the meetup I live coded an ARKit 1.5 app that tracks images in augmented reality. Here’s a link to the code on github.

This meetup marked a year of iOS development meetups. This has always been the goal when I started out a year ago. After the meetup, during the ride home with my wife, I shared how pleased I was that I had made it to 52 meetups – a year of iOS meetups.

There are so many things that we covered over the past year. I’m planning to write up the list and email the developers to thank them for attending and if they didn’t get a chance to attend yet, what they have missed.

Finally, after doing a meetup a week for a year I am planning to try out something new. Going forward, I am planning to have meetups every first and third Thursday.

On March 1st Adam Smith will be presenting on his new app Sugarbot. He used Google Dialogflow to create a chat bot. It’s great! I have it on my phone now. Please RSVP if you’re interested in attending this meetup.


Author: David Neely

Professional Software Developer. Technology and Web Coordinator at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Career Center.