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 could 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 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. I have based the ranking below on how much search demand each SDK receives along with how long they have been around. ARKit by Apple & ARCore by Google are the new kids on the block. Whereas Vuforia, Kudan, and Wikitude have been around for years.
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.
If you are looking for a professional AR SDK to develop compelling applications for mobile devices – you’ve come to the right place. Kudan AR SDK is chosen by professional developers looking for an all-in-one SDK that can support marker or markerless tracking and location requirements. Its fast and light and ready to be ported into any platforms with any peripherals as well.
Wikitude’s cross-platform augmented reality SDK combines 3D Markerless Tracking technology (SLAM), Object Recognition and Tracking, Image Recognition and Tracking, as well as Geo-location AR for apps.
iOS 11 introduces ARKit, a new framework that allows you to easily create unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad. By blending digital objects and information with the environment around you, ARKit takes apps beyond the screen, freeing them to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.
ARCore is a platform for building augmented reality apps on Android. ARCore uses three key technologies to integrate virtual content with the real world as seen through your phone’s camera:
- Motion tracking allows the phone to understand and track its position relative to the world.
- Environmental understanding allows the phone to detect the size and location of flat horizontal surfaces like the ground or a coffee table.
- Light estimation allows the phone to estimate the environment’s current lighting conditions.