Adobe, Pixar and Apple collaborating towards a single format for AR projects.
“Adobe recently unveiled a new project that aims to take the company further into the realm of augmented reality. Called Project Aero, the
newly announced AR authoring tool and multi-platform system that will soon deliver a way for developers to build simple AR scenes and experiences for Apples ARKit.”
“Apple today announced USDZ for iOS 12, a WYSIWYG editor developed with Pixar”
USDZ, according to Pixar, is a zero compression, unencrypted zip archive designed to work with the USD runtime. It doesnt require unpacking.
Robust schemas for interchange of geometry, shading, and skeletal deformation
High performance data retrieval and rendering, including powerful instancing features
The ability to package user-selectable content variations, nativelyA sound architecture that is flexible enough to adapt to future needs"
More on Project Aero can be found here: https://www.adobe.com/products/projectaero.html