Augmented reality is the new buzzword that it creating waves across the world. With the success of Pokemon GO, Augmented reality is now mainstream. It is no longer the technology limited to sci-fi movies. Each and every industry is now adopting augmented reality to improve effectiveness, streamline operations, increase productivity and customer satisfaction.

There are several Augmented reality tools that are helped developers to add complex functionality and features. However, each AR framework comes with its own specific features.

Vuforia

Vuforia is the leading AR platform delivering best-in-class computer vision, ensuring reliable experiences in a variety of environments. Considered one of the most widely deployed AR platforms, Vuforia is supported by a global ecosystem of 325,000+ registered developers with 400 app installs across the globe. With Vuforia platform, app can see a wide variety of things such as objects, images, user-defined images, cylinders, text, boxes, as well as VuMarks (for customized and brand conscious design. Its Smart Terrain feature provides a new capability for smartphones and tablets that reconstructs a terrain in real-time, creating a 3D geometric map of the environment.

Use Vuforia SDK to build Android, iOS, and UWP applications for mobile devices and digital eyewear. Apps can be built with Android Studio, XCode, Visual Studio, and Unity.

Supported platforms: Android, iOS, UWP and Unity Editor.

Wikitude

Wikitude's all-in-one augmented reality SDK combines 3D tracking technology (SLAM-based), image recognition and tracking as well as geo-location AR for mobile, tablets and smart glasses. Extension for Unity, Cordova, Titanium and Xamarin available.

Wikitude counts more than 100,000 registered AR developers and is a technology provider for over 20,000 AR based apps. Wikitude’s Cloud Recognition service allows to work with thousands of target images in the cloud.

Supported platforms: Android, iOS, Smart Glasses.

ARToolKit

ARToolKit is a Free, Open Source SDK providing complete access to the computer vision algorithm as well as modify the source code to fit your specific application. ARToolKit is freely distributed for use under a LGPL v3.0 license.

Supported platforms: Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Mac OS and Smart Glasses.

Kudan

Kudan offers innovative and the most advanced computer vision technology, as well as the best visual Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) tracking technology available for AR/VR, Robotic and Artificial Intelligence applications. Our SDK platform is the only advanced tracking, Markerless AR engine available for iOS and Android. Kudan offers best in class image recognition, low memory footprint, lightning-fast development speed and unlimited number of markers.

Kudan is developing the link between innumerable devices and sensors called the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence: 3D Recognition Computer Vision Technology. It provides computers the ability to acquire, process, analyse and understand digital images as well as the ability to map its 3D environment, objects, and understand its location within it.

Supported platforms: Android, iOS.

XZIMG

XZIMG provides Augmented Face solutions to recognize and track faces with Unity, as well as Augmented Vision solution to track planar images with Unity. Its magic face solution is ideal for face replacement and make-up applications.

Supported platforms: PC, Android, iOS, Windows, WebGL.

Conclusion:

There are several SDKs that can help an Augmented Reality App Development company to push the boundaries of imagination. Some of tools are available free of cost, while others can be downloaded for fixed time period under a contract. However, it is important to pick up an AR tool that is more effective for your needs. Remember, Augmented Reality is at the forefront of transforming the way industries communicate with businesses and streamline operations.



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