The SDK (Software Development Kit) is a critical component in the software development process. An augmented reality SDK is a software engine that manages the development and functioning of augmented reality apps, seeking to mix digital information with the real environment and bring forth flawless integration in the face of the app’s services. Though the market is flooded with AR toolkits, let’s look at the top 5 tools.
1. AR ToolKit
More than one million people have downloaded AR ToolKit, a 2001 open-source software named AR Toolkit, according to Businesswire. Apps that use Augmented Reality frequently have problems establishing the user’s viewpoint and angle while tracking a real-world object and producing a virtual version for that user. Solving this problem may be a difficult task in the long run.
ARToolKit uses computer vision algorithms and video tracking libraries to track camera calibration and object orientation and then builds virtual imagery for the same using computer vision methods and video tracking libraries. The high-speed performance of the ARToolkit, which supports the native camera, GPS, and various languages and is distributed across operating systems.
2. Google ARCore
Rather than constraining the app to an expensive high-definition gadget, Google AR Core, as a Google product, is a sophisticated Augmented Reality app creation tool that targets a wider audience by making the app compatible with conventional smartphones as well. Google AR Core is open source and works with Java/open GL, Unity, and Unreal. Google ARCore’s standout features include:
- Motion Tracking: It is easier to track the location and orientation of the phone in real-time with Google AR Core, thanks to its support for 6DoF
- You are aware of your surroundings and are empowered to measure and locate flat surfaces like a coffee table
- Light estimation: This allows the app to analyse and modify the illumination in the surrounding area, resulting in a more realistic image
3. Apple ARKit
Apple’s contribution to Augmented Reality, ARKit, was unveiled in 2017. The ARKit has a lot of amazing capabilities. Multiple face tracking is possible when using both front and rear cameras at once in the ARKit. Collaboration sessions are beneficial in the circumstances like multiplayer games, for example.
Despite being limited to iOS users, AR Kit has generated a sizable number of augmented reality apps that have been downloaded. Since it was released, a colossal number of Augmented Reality (AR) applications have been created that take advantage of its outstanding features while remaining completely free. 13 million ARKit-based apps have been downloaded since its introduction, according to TechCrunch. This clearly shows how popular ARKit is with consumers.
4. Max ST
According to the company, MaxST is a prominent Augmented Reality app development toolkit that was developed in 2010 with a primary focus on Augmented Reality research and development. The 2D toolkit version of MaxST works with 2D images, places, etc., whereas the 3D toolkit version can recognise, track, and scan 3D real-life objects. MaxST focuses on image trackers, object trackers, QR scanners, and other similar technologies.
Vuforia was created by Qualcomm and is now a product of PTC Inc. A well-known SDK for building augmented reality apps is Vuforia. Vuforia SDK is written in C++ and offers access to its API on mobile platforms based on operating systems, such as Java API for Android, C# API for Unity, and C++ API for iOS.
SDKs from Vuforia provide cloud and local storage options, picture and object id/identification, enhanced tracking, and ground plane support.