Augmented Reality SDK Comparison

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2015-05-13 12:12:42

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.

TypePlatformsiOSAndroidWindows MobileWebPC/Mac/LinuxFeatures3D Object TrackingNaturalFeatureGPSIMU SensorsMarkerVisualSearchFaceTrackingContentAPIPlugin CompatibilityUnity (3D)Website
ARcrowdFree- HTML5 Browser- HTML5 Browser- HTML5 BrowserYes HTML5 BrowserYesNoNoYes Black / WhiteNoNo
ARLabFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYes QR codeYes Support for thousands of images in pools of 50-60 imagesYes
ALVARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes Flash, SilverlightYesYes Tracks multiple markers; 256 possible markers
ARmediaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesARmedia supports PC/Mac and LinuxYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
ARMESCommercial SDK onlyPCYesYes
ARPAFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesvia Unity pluginYesYesYes SoonYes
ARToolkitFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYes
ArUcoOpen SourceYes
ATOMIC Authoring ToolOpen SourceYesYes
Augmented PixelsFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes
AurasmaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYes
AwilaFree + Commercial SDK option- Under devYesYesYes
BazAROpen SourceYes
Beyond Reality FaceFree + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe AIR (ANE)Yes via Adobe AIR (ANE)Yes Flash-based and HTML5/JSPC/Mac via Adobe AIRYes
BeyondAROpen SourceYesYes
CatchoomFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYesYesYesYes
D'FusionCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes FlashYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Designers ARToolkit (DART)FreeYesYes
DroidAROpen SourceYesYesYesYesYesYes- can be added via opencv- can be added via opencvYes OpenGL or jMonkey Engine
flare*Free + Commercial SDK optionYesYes
FLARToolkitOpen SourceYesYes
Goblin XNAOpen SourceYesYes
Google GogglesYesYesYes
IN2ARFree + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe ANEYes via Adobe ANEYes Flash-based, Unity3DPC/Mac via Adobe AIRYesYes
instantrealityFree + Commercial SDK optionYes
KoozytCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes
layarFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
LibreGeoSocialOpen SourceYesYesYes
LinceoVRCommercial SDK onlyYesYes
Luxand FaceSDKCommercial SDK onlyYes Facial recognition
Metaio SDKFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/MacYesYesYesYesYesYes Client-based +100 unique objects, cloud-based continuous visual search engineYesYes OpenGL support, in-house 3-D rendererYes
Microsoft Read/Write WorldYes
MinervaOpen SourceYesYes
mixareOpen SourceYesYesYes
MXR ToolkitOpen SourcePCYes
NyARToolkitOpen SourceYesPCYesYes
Obvious EngineCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYes
omniar.comCommercial SDK onlyYes
OpenSpace3DOpen SourceYes FlashPCYesYes
osgARTOpen SourceYesYesYes
PanicARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes
PointCloudFree + Commercial SDK optionYes- (Under dev)YesYesYes
popcodeCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes
Qoncept AROtherYesYesYesYesYes
RobocortexFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYesYes
SLARToolkitOpen SourceYesYes
StringFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes
StudierstubeOpen SourceYes
Studierstube TrackerYesYesYesYesYes
UARTOpen SourceYesYes
ViewdleCommercial SDK onlyYesYes
Qualcomm VuforiaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesNoYes Only on box and cylinderYesNoYesYesYesNoYes With Vuforia CloudYes
WikitudeFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes- Expected 2015YesYesYesYesYes Cloud RecognitionYes
Win ARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes
XloudiaCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesPC/Mac/Linux via Unity3DYesYesYes OptionnallyYes Optionnally- MarkerlessYesYes but not for mobileYes RESTYes
xpose visual searchCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYes via website or API
yvisionFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYes
Zenitum Feature TrackerCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYes
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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)
    Posted 2015-05-16 07:38:58 by Kelly
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    Hello Great job! I am interested to talk with you Olivier form
    Français Posted 2015-04-21 20:32:16 by RA'pro
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2015-03-09 16:49:34 by afrasilv
  • Super outils
    Français Posted 2015-01-12 10:59:58 by techprodi
  • voted for DroidAR (Vote)
    Posted 2014-12-08 08:56:26 by jutzizu
  • suggested on Qualcomm Vuforia to set Name to Qualcomm Vuforia
    Posted 2014-10-29 18:17:20 by trungtran
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    Posted 2014-09-29 20:42:22 by leuco18|
  • suggested on Augmented Pixels to set Name to Augmented Pixels
    This is now, the company's name.
    Posted 2014-07-07 18:18:23 by jjn1977
  • commented on ALVAR
    Alvar in not for iOS
    Posted 2014-07-07 18:11:56 by jjn1977
  • suggested on Augmented Pixels to set Name to Augmented Pixels
    The company name was changed in August 2013. If you go to the website, you will see redirection.
    Posted 2014-06-05 10:33:03 by Dasha Gaioshko
  • 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
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    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
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    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
  • 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
  • Posted 2012-12-20 23:02:20 by Patrick O'Shaughnessey
  • 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
  • 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
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