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: