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So you’re going to get into augmented reality but in order to do that, you must first pick an SDK. This is not only a starting point, but a big first step in your augmented reality venture. It’s imperative that you pick carefully because you will probably be married to it.
Each AR SDK, like all SDK’s, are not created equally. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. Make sure you conduct ample research on your project and the available SDK’s. Once you have determined your needs, you will be in the best position to pick.
I picked the top 5 augmented reality SDK providers and listed them below. Since I do not have a specific formula for rating the SDK’s, the following list was chosen and displayed randomly.
1. Qualcomm Vuforia
The Vuforia platform uses superior, stable and technically efficient computer vision-based image recognition and offers the widest set of features and capabilities, giving developers the freedom to extend their visions without technical limitations. With support for iOS, Android, and Unity 3D, the Vuforia platform allows you to write a single native app that can reach the most users across the widest range of smartphones and tablets.https://developer.vuforia.com
Develop native Augmented Reality applications for IOS, Android and Windows deployment using the metaio SDK. The metaio SDK includes a powerful 3-D rendering engine in addition to plug-ins for Unity. Create your own application once, using the metaio SDK and deploy to all major operating systems and devices via AREL, the Augmented Reality Experience Language. Take advantage of the advance tracking features, such as Markerless 2-D and 3-D Tracking, client-based visual search and SLAM. There are no hidden fees, costs, or extra plug-ins necessary to get started… The metaio SDK is the best value fo AR developer’s solutions on the market!
3. Total Immersion D’Fusion
D’Fusion is the world’s most widely-used commercial Augmented Reality solution. Available for a large number of devices and operating systems, it enables the development of secure-content Augmented Reality solutions for a wide variety of uses, such as interactive marketing, live events, and industrial applications.
Whether you are publishing to Wikitude or using our Augmented Reality SDK – Wikitude takes out the complexity of working with AR and lets you focus on your content. http://www.wikitude.com/developer
5. String UPDATE: String has been discontinued
String™ recognises framed images and understands where they are in 3D space.
It’s a piece of software you can plug in into any iOS project, that lets you display rich 3D graphics on top of the camera view as if they existed in the real world. http://www.poweredbystring.com/product