Augmented Reality SDK Comparison

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2014-09-29 20:43:09

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
DroidAROpen SourceYesYesYesYesYesYes- can be added via opencv- can be added via opencvYes OpenGL or jMonkey Enginehttp://bitstars.github.io/droidar/
ARmediaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesARmedia supports PC/Mac and LinuxYesYesYesYesYesNoYeshttp://www.inglobetechnologies.com/
VuforiaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes With Vuforia CloudYeshttp://developer.qualcomm.com/dev/augmented-reality
ARLabFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYes QR codeYes Support for thousands of images in pools of 50-60 imagesYeshttp://www.arlab.com/
Beyond Reality FaceFree + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe AIR (ANE)Yes via Adobe AIR (ANE)Yes Flash-based and HTML5/JSPC/Mac via Adobe AIRYeshttp://www.beyond-reality-face.com/
D'FusionFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes FlashYesYesYesYesYesYesYeshttp://www.t-immersion.com/
instantrealityFree + Commercial SDK optionYeshttp://www.instantreality.org/
Metaio SDKFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/MacYesYesYesYesYesYes Client-based +100 unique objects, cloud-based continuous visual search engineYesYes OpenGL support, in-house 3-D rendererYeshttp://www.metaio.com
ViewdleCommercial SDK onlyYesYeshttp://www.viewdle.com/
Luxand FaceSDKCommercial SDK onlyYes Facial recognitionhttp://www.luxand.com/
XloudiaCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesPC/Mac/Linux via Unity3DYesYesYes OptionnallyYes Optionnally- MarkerlessYesYes but not for mobileYes RESTYeshttp://xloudia.com
ARPAFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesvia Unity pluginYesYesYes SoonYeshttp://arpa-solutions.net/en
ALVARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes Flash, SilverlightYesYes Tracks multiple markers; 256 possible markershttp://virtual.vtt.fi/virtual/proj2/multimedia/alvar/index.html
AndARFreeYesYeshttp://code.google.com/p/andar/
Augmented PixelsFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYeshttp://augmentedpixels.com/
ARMESCommercial SDK onlyPCYesYeshttp://www.armes-tech.com/
ARToolkitFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYeshttp://www.artoolworks.com/
ArUcoOpen SourceYeshttp://www.uco.es/investiga/grupos/ava/node/26
ATOMIC Authoring ToolOpen SourceYesYeshttp://www.sologicolibre.org/projects/atomic/en/index.php
AurasmaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYeshttp://www.aurasma.com
AwilaFree + Commercial SDK option- Under devYesYesYes
BazAROpen SourceYeshttp://cvlab.epfl.ch/software/bazar/index.php
BeyondAROpen SourceYesYeshttp://beyondar.com/platform
CatchoomFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYesYesYesYeshttp://catchoom.com/
CortexiaYesYesYesYeshttp://www.cortexica.com/
Designers ARToolkit (DART)FreeYesYeshttp://ael.gatech.edu/dart/index.htm
flare*Free + Commercial SDK optionYesYeshttp://www.imagination.at/en/?Products:Augmented_Reality_for_Flash
FLARToolkitOpen SourceYesYeshttp://www.libspark.org/wiki/saqoosha/FLARToolKit/en
Goblin XNAOpen SourceYesYeshttp://goblinxna.codeplex.com/
Google GogglesYesYesYeshttp://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/
HOPPALAFreeYeshttp://www.hoppala-agency.com/
ideeYeshttp://ideeinc.com/
IN2ARFree + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe ANEYes via Adobe ANEYes Flash-based, Unity3DPC/Mac via Adobe AIRYesYeshttp://www.in2ar.com/
KooabaYeshttp://www.kooaba.com/
KoozytCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes
layarFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesYesYeshttp://www.layar.com/tools/
LibreGeoSocialOpen SourceYesYesYeshttp://www.libregeosocial.org/
LinceoVRCommercial SDK onlyYesYeshttp://www.seac02.it/
linkmehttp://www.linkmemobile.com/
Microsoft Read/Write WorldYeshttp://readwriteworld.cloudapp.net/
MinervaOpen SourceYesYeshttp://sourceforge.net/projects/minervaproject/
mixareOpen SourceYesYesYeshttp://www.mixare.org/
Morganhttp://www.fit.fraunhofer.de/services/cvae/morgan.html
MXR ToolkitOpen SourcePCYeshttp://mxrtoolkit.sourceforge.net/
NyARToolkitOpen SourceYesPCYesYeshttp://nyatla.jp/nyartoolkit/wp/
Obvious EngineCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYeshttp://obviousengine.com/
omniar.comCommercial SDK onlyYeshttp://omniar.com/
OpenSpace3DOpen SourceYes FlashPCYesYeshttp://www.openspace3d.com/
osgARTOpen SourceYesYesYeshttp://osgart.org/
PanicARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYeshttp://dopanic.com/solutions/panic_ar.html
PointCloudFree + Commercial SDK optionYes- (Under dev)YesYesYeshttp://www.pointcloud.io/
popcodeCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYeshttp://www.popcode.info/
PRAugmentedRealityYesNoNoNohttps://github.com/promet/PRAugmentedReality
PTAMOtherPChttp://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~gk/PTAM/
Qoncept AROtherYesYesYesYesYeshttp://www.kudan.eu/
RobocortexFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYesYeshttp://www.robocortex.com/
SLARToolkitOpen SourceYesYeshttp://slartoolkit.codeplex.com/
snaptellYesYesYeshttp://www.snaptell.com/
SSTTOtherYesYesYesYesYeshttp://technotecture.com/augmentedreality
StringFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYeshttp://www.poweredbystring.com/
StudierstubeOpen SourceYeshttp://studierstube.icg.tugraz.at/
Studierstube TrackerYesYesYesYesYeshttp://studierstube.icg.tu-graz.ac.at/handheld_ar/stbtracker.php
UARTOpen SourceYesYeshttps://research.cc.gatech.edu/uart/
WikitudeFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesYesYeshttp://www.wikitude.com
Win ARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYeshttp://r2m.nus.edu.sg/cos/o.x?c=/r2m/license_product&ptid=5730&func=viewProd&pid=22
windageOtherYesYeshttp://code.google.com/p/windage/
xpose visual searchCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYes via website or APIhttp://www.buzzar.net/index.asp
yvisionFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYeshttp://www.yvision.com/
Zenitum Feature TrackerCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYeshttp://www.zenitum.com/en/research/
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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 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)
    Super
    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) http://dirrogate.com/digital-surrogates-tele-travel-the-future-of-long-distance-relationships-ldrs/
    Posted 2014-01-31 11:08:23 by Dirrogate
  • Conjurare too http://www.artoolworks.com/products/integrated/conjurare/
    Français Posted 2014-01-16 14:26:04 by Julien
  • Snap'n See is missing. http://www.snapnsee.net/en/
    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) https://github.com/promet/PRAugmentedReality
    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
  • voted for this Comparison (Like)
    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 http://socialcompare.com/en/comparison/augmented-reality-sdks-2-1eez4z66 Could you allow these? I'd suggest Framework goes under ContentAPI.
    Posted 2012-09-07 03:06:20 by MindSpaceSolutions
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