The new iPad Pro's LIDAR scanner can turn a living room into an augmented reality version of Hot Lava, a video game based on childhood pastimes and where you jump on furniture to avoid imaginary lava on the floor. The announcement was part of today's iPad Pro announcement.
Hot Lava is available on Steam, but its mobile version is currently exclusive to Apple Arcade. According to Apple, "the LiDAR scanner on the new iPad Pro will activate Hot Lava's new AR mode, which will be available later this year."
The game is a clever way to demonstrate the functions of the LIDAR scanner. A player scans a living room with an iPad and the app creates hot lava on the floor and on the platforms that the game character can jump to in AR. Here is a GIF of the app in action:
In addition to the AR version of Hot Lava, Apple gave a briefing today to some other impressive uses of the LIDAR scanner. Firstly, the CAD app Shapr3D scans a room and creates a 3D model of the room in the app. Users can then edit this model to insert new objects into the room and display these additions in the real room using AR.
Another demo for the Anatomy app Complete Anatomy uses the LIDAR scanner to measure the range of motion of a person's arm in real time in real time. A demo for the IKEA Place app scans a room and recommends suitable furniture that you can display in the room in AR.
According to Apple, all demos shown will be available as functions in their respective apps later this year.
The new iPad professionals also have two cameras, a normal wide-angle and an ultrawide camera, an A12Z bionic chip, and are compatible with the new Magic Keyboard cover, which has a trackpad. The new iPad professionals will be available from March 25th.