An augmented reality software development kit, or AR SDK, allows developers to build digital objects that appear to blend into the real world. An AR SDK is crucial to any business that creates AR experiences. These tools offer functions such as 3D object tracking, image recognition, visual SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), multi-tracking, and more, which allow developers to produce digital images. AR engineers can utilize these SDKs to develop mobile apps, various CAD platforms, marketing experiences, and more. These SDKs are typically intended for specific frameworks and hardware; however, some AR SDKs can be supported across multiple systems, creating more flexibility.
While some AR SDKs also have the functionality to generate VR experiences, these tools should not be confused with VR SDKs, which give developers the tools to create and test virtual reality apps. In addition, these tools are often able to be customized through the use of an API.
To qualify for inclusion in the AR SDK category, a product must:
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.
The Layar SDK is a static library that implements the Layar Vision functionality and Geo location functionality of Layar into your own iPhone and/or Android app and presents the Augmented Reality view to the user. The biggest advantage of this solution is that publishers/developers can offer the engagement of interactive print to yours users within the context of your brand. Instead of instructing users to download the Layar App, you can bring the interactivity of Layar directly to your app without the need to code it all yourself.