Niantic demos Codename: Neon at MWC 19, Barcelona

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Our regular readers probably remember Codename: Neon, Niantic’s multiplayer AR tech demo that was revealed in Q4 of 2018. Neon is an interesting demo as it’s the first demo that showcases multiplayer AR capabilities of Niantic’s Real World Platform… and because it features mechanics that can easily be imagined as in-game mechanics in Wizards Unite.

Today, at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Niantic showcased the Codename Neon demo again and allowed MWC visitors to partake in multiplayer AR games at their own pace. In partnership with Samsung Mobile, MobileEdgeX and Deutsche Telekom, Niantic presented the “performance strength of edge computing technology at #MWC19 at the #Telekom booth in Hall 3”:

Codename Neon allows players to collect falling lights from the ground and throw them against opponents in real time, multiplayer, shared AR experience. This game was built to test out a new type of AR (augmented reality) technology, specifically targeted for creating a multi-player environment and using ultra low latency edge network provided by MobileEdgeX.

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

“The ultra-low latency that Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) enables, allows us to create more immersive, exciting, and entertaining gameplay experiences,” said Omar Téllez, VP of strategic partnerships at Niantic. “At Niantic, we’ve long celebrated adventures on foot with others, and with the advent of 5G networks and devices, people around the world will be able to experience those adventures faster and better.”

Niantic, Deutsche Telekom, and MobiledgeX began working together in October to bring Niantic’s real-world platform for augmented reality gaming to Deutsche Telekom’s MobiledgeX Edge servers and 5G network. Samsung was added to the team in order to help create a natively edge-capable connectivity and authentication in Samsung Galaxy S10+ to interface with Edge-Cloud R1.0.

“From our initial partnership agreement in October, we are thrilled to showcase the speed at which we can move from idea to experience, with full end-to-end network integration, delivered on Samsung industry leading edge native devices,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP of strategy and technology innovation at Deutsche Telekom.

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