Augmented Reality SDK Comparison

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2014-04-06 03:59:03

Augmented Reality SDK provide to developers the tools and libraries to develop more easily Augmented Reality applications (i.e: add AR technology to Android, iOS application...).

This Augmented Reality SDK comparison chart compares Augmented Reality (AR) SDKs and frameworks. Based on spreadsheet created by Gerhard Reitmayr and shared on the Augmented Reality Professionals Group on LinkedIn.

WebsiteTypePlatformsiOSAndroidWindows MobileBlackBerryWebPC/Mac/LinuxFeaturesNaturalFeatureGPSIMU SensorsMarkerVisualSearchFaceTrackingContentAPIFrameworkPlugin CompatibilityUnity (3D)PhoneGapAppceleratorLicenseComments/Links
Metaio SDKhttp://www.metaio.comFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/MacYesYesYesYesYes Client-based +100 unique objects, cloud-based continuous visual search engineYesYes OpenGL support, in-house 3-D rendererYes all software is modular; SDK supports custom CMS import; optional CMS system provided by metaio: license available
Vuforia + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYes With Vuforia CloudYes-
Wikitudehttp://www.wikitude.comFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes BlackBerry 10 onlyYesYesYesYesYesYes Wikitude
D'Fusion + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes Flash-basedYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
layar + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Xloudiahttp://xloudia.comCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesPC/Mac/LinUx via Unity3DYesYes OptionnallyYes OptionnallyYesYes OptionYesYesBest fit for millions of image projects. Subscription-base.
ARmedia + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesARmedia supports PC/Mac and LinuxYesYesYesYesThird party SDK: ARToolKit
ALVAR + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes Flash, SilverlightYesYes Tracks multiple markers; 256 possible markers
ARToolkit + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesPricing: /licensing/
Aurasmahttp://www.aurasma.comFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesPricing: White label Aurasma browser (linked to content channels of your choice), ~$5000/app
BazAR SourceYes
Catchoom + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYesYesYesYesAvailable as SaaS or License
flare* + Commercial SDK optionYesYes
IN2AR + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe ANEYes via Adobe ANEYes Z10 via Adobe ANEYes Flash-based, Unity3DPC/Mac via Adobe AIRYesYesPer-project perpetual license:
LinceoVR SDK onlyYesYesARToolKit
Obvious Engine SDK onlyYesYesYesYes
osgART SourceYesYesYesThird party SDK: ARToolKit
popcode SDK onlyYesYesYes
Qoncept AR offer custom development services on top of their SDK.
Robocortex + Commercial SDK optionYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYesYesVery expensive and high end.
SSTT available for free or commercial.
Studierstube Tracker
Win AR + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesThird party SDK: ARToolKit, BazAR
windage commercial licence available. Only available for research and evaluation.
Zenitum Feature Tracker SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYesYes
3DAR + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPricing:
AndAR SourceYesYes(Available via ARToolkit,
AR23D + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes
ARLab + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYes QR codeYes Support for thousands of images in pools of 50-60 imagesYesPricing:
ARPA + Commercial SDK optionYesYesvia Unity pluginYesYesYes SoonYes
ArUco SourceYes
ATOMIC Authoring Tool SourceYesYesThird party SDK: ARToolKit
AwilaFree + Commercial SDK option- Under devYesYesYesYesMulti-format, multi-server location based AR mash-ups + custom API loaders
Beyond Reality Face SDK onlyYes Flash-basedYes
BeyondAR SourceYesYesYesApache v2
Designers ARToolkit (DART)
DroidAR SourceYesYesYesYes
FLARToolkit SourceYesYes
Goblin XNA SourceYesYesThird party SDK: ALVAR
Google Goggles
instantreality + Commercial SDK optionYes
KoozytCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes
LibreGeoSocial SourceYesYesYes
Luxand FaceSDK SDK onlyYes Facial recognition
Microsoft Read/Write World
Minerva SourceYesYes? unlikely to be its own.
mixare SourceYesYesYes
MXR Toolkit SourcePCYes
NyARToolkit SourceYesPCYesYes
omniar.com SDK onlyYes
OpenSpace3D SourceYes FlashPCYesYesThird party SDK: ALVAR
PanicAR + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes
PointCloud + Commercial SDK optionYes- (Under dev)YesYesYes
SLARToolkit SourceYesYes
String + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes
Studierstube SourceYesYes
UART SourceYesYesYesThird party SDK: ARToolKitPlus, Unity
Viewdle SDK onlyYesYes
xpose visual search SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYesYes via website or APIuse xpose app or create own app
yvision + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesYesThird party SDK: SLARToolKit
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  • Augmented Reality SDK Comparison : This chart compares Augmented Reality (AR) SDKs and frameworks. Based on spreadsheet created by Gerhard Reitmayr and shared on the Augmented Reality Professionals Group on LinkedIn.
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  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    cool but it need more comparation features of all sdk aumgmented reality.
    Posted 2014-04-05 16:32:21 by santiagojosimar
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    Posted 2014-04-03 00:20:59 by papajan
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Great comparison
    Posted 2014-03-17 17:45:48 by jjn1977
  • Agreed, Metaio + Toolkit is the bomb for rapid Wysiwyg AR. Future uses of AR? Our Digital Surrogates - for LDRs (Long Distance Relationships)
    Posted 2014-01-31 11:08:23 by Dirrogate
  • Conjurare too
    Français Posted 2014-01-16 14:26:04 by Julien
  • Snap'n See is missing.
    Français Posted 2014-01-13 14:51:48 by Julien
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Really useful to find the best tools that meet our project's criteria
    Posted 2013-10-21 01:47:11 by fathahnoor
  • Great comperison!! thanks!!! I'm looking for a solution for a system that will combine AR and QR. The System Requirements are: 1. scan qr 2. open cam to record (web, ios,android) 3. after record movie, confirm it. 4. scan the same qr and drow the movie been taken before. 5. point to a print and show the movie as ar. the system should work with a lot of QR, prints and movies. Doe's anyone have a suggestion with wich engine to work with? Thanks in advance.
    Posted 2013-10-15 00:24:35 by lets play
  • commented on Metaio SDK
    This + Toolbox for 3D tracking is awesome!
    Posted 2013-09-06 10:59:11 by bandit3dgfx
  • 3D AR tracking from Metaio is awesome....yes, we are living in a sci-fi movie!
    Posted 2013-09-06 10:48:43 by bandit3dgfx
  • @Geoffroy Lesage
    Thanks for your suggestion. I've added it to the comparison. Do not hesitate to fill all the missing info.
    Posted 2013-07-15 22:37:31 by Seralo
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2013-07-15 17:58:17 by Geoffroy Lesage
  • Hi, Might I suggest PRAugmentedReality? Its for iOS and open source. But it seems you've reached the limit of cells you can have... its up to you if you want to hide some other cells... (Maybe Use examples or Blackberry as they only have 2 values each)
    Posted 2013-07-15 17:58:04 by Geoffroy Lesage
  • voted for Metaio SDK (Vote)
    Posted 2013-07-12 17:36:41 by Metaio Junaio
  • suggested on Metaio SDK to set Name to metaio SDK
    Posted 2013-07-12 17:36:32 by Metaio Junaio
  • Why did you remove the Unity support column? It was very useful. Can you reinsert it?
    Posted 2013-07-11 17:31:55 by Rocco Paladino
  • voted for Metaio SDK (Vote)
    Posted 2013-06-22 14:08:22 by Fernando F. Gallego
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    very informative
    Posted 2013-06-20 14:29:27 by ranjeet
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2013-05-22 17:10:08 by Jeroen
  • voted for IN2AR (Vote)
    Great SDK
    Posted 2013-05-22 16:54:23 by Jeroen
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Good way to know who to started with AR
    Posted 2013-04-22 14:47:20 by Alvaro Jose Peralta Ocampo
  • voted for Xloudia (Vote)
    Great application,outstanding speed and accuracy
    Posted 2013-04-06 19:34:37 by ElSushi
  • voted for Awila (Vote)
    Posted 2013-03-26 17:20:48 by Mike Reynolds
  • voted for Catchoom (Vote)
    Posted 2013-03-04 08:49:19 by marimon
  • voted for IN2AR (Vote)
    It works great on Desktop, Web, and Mobile. The latest version which can be used with Unity is more awesome!
    Posted 2013-01-29 03:49:52 by fathahnoor
  • voted for Vuforia (Vote)
    Very easy to use.
    Posted 2013-01-28 04:25:25 by Kinka Lin
  • voted for LinceoVR (Vote)
    Posted 2013-01-09 14:30:06 by Matteo Gualano
  • voted for Xloudia (Vote)
    Greatest techno tested yet
    Posted 2013-01-08 02:02:00 by Nicolas Loeillot
  • voted for Vuforia (Vote)
    Posted 2012-12-20 23:02:20 by Patrick O'Shaughnessey
  • rated Vuforia: Rating 4
    Posted 2012-11-13 10:29:52 by Tim Sullivan
  • Posted 2012-11-13 09:51:46 by Tim Sullivan
  • voted for layar (Vote)
    Posted 2012-11-03 12:02:44 by jpdhaval
  • voted for LinceoVR (Vote)
    Posted 2012-10-30 17:24:06 by Andrea Carignano
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2012-10-24 00:26:14 by filipe
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    Posted 2012-10-23 22:23:58 by trak
  • voted for Metaio SDK (Vote)
    Only scalable SDK out there.
    Posted 2012-10-23 21:45:34 by trak
  • voted for Wikitude (Vote)
    Posted 2012-09-27 10:16:46 by Dan Taylor
  • voted for Vuforia (Vote)
    Easy to use; connects quickly to Unity
    Posted 2012-09-25 10:28:07 by Tim Sullivan
  • voted for Metaio SDK (Vote)
    Posted 2012-09-25 10:27:53 by Tim Sullivan
  • rated String: Rating 4
    Extremely lightweight, fast, angle-robust; connects quickly and easily to Unity. Imperfect rating solely due to necessity of having black border around marker.
    Posted 2012-09-25 10:26:38 by Tim Sullivan
  • voted for String (Vote)
    Robust, fast tracking
    Posted 2012-09-25 10:24:15 by Tim Sullivan
  • Nils, instead of creating new comparison for versioning you should use the snapshot/backup feature. (If you make a new view, cell values is modified in previous comparisons too)
    Posted 2012-09-07 22:13:41 by Seralo
  • I've reused MindSpaceSolutions criteria so that values are already filled.
    Posted 2012-09-07 22:05:44 by Seralo
  • MindSpaceSolutions - I went ahead and added the comparisons.
    Posted 2012-09-07 16:52:20 by Nils Davis
  • MIndSpaceSolutions - I thought Editor was already public - oops. I have changed that setting. See if you can add your changes to this table now. Nils
    Posted 2012-09-07 16:48:41 by Nils Davis
  • suggested to set Editor to public
    Hi. I added 2 new comparison criteria - 3rd Party SDK, and Framework (adds organisation (to unique or existing Trackers), and makes it easier to develop apps). SocialCompare would not let me save new criteria, so I've had to temporarily save it at Could you allow these? I'd suggest Framework goes under ContentAPI.
    Posted 2012-09-07 03:06:20 by MindSpaceSolutions
  • voted for SSTT (Vote)
    Posted 2012-09-07 02:48:58 by MindSpaceSolutions
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2012-09-06 23:08:37 by Seralo

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