When the top players of the digital market like Apple, Google and Facebook switch on the Bandwagon, this new adoption changed the technology of augmented reality experiences.
Augmented Reality is indulging itself as a daily part of our livelihood. For the last two years, augmented reality experiences have revamped our outlook on apps and web applications. You are also familiar with the popular game known as “Pokemon Go”. It acts as a huge catalyst for augmented reality in the virtual industry. After that launching of ARCore, ARKit and AR landscape suddenly took the market to a whole new level.
This has increased a fair amount of opportunities in the market with emerging challenges. As to be best, each company is endeavoring to provide the best-augmented reality experience platform to survive in the market.
In 2016, Apple bought the Metaio which was market leader after Vuforia. This revamped the interest of the developer in building AR applications and augmented reality app. Many software development kits are also available in the market, which is super helpful for the developer to build the AR application. Most popular software development kits in the market today are Blippar, Wikitude, and EasyAR.
If you are planning to build an augmented reality app or a normal application, then you must read this blog until the end. To build any app smoothly and efficiently you require an effective software development kit.
What are the worthy features that a developer should keep in mind while choosing an SDK to develop an augmented reality app? The answer may vary with the developer as every developer has his/her own preferences. But according to me, there are many key factors which are judged in choosing a software development kit including cost, time and functionality.
Some essential features and properties to look in an SDK are as follows:
Hosted object storage service:
Hosted object storage service is popularly known as “Cloud Storage”, is a basic need for supporting a large number of 2D markers. AR SDK’s cloud recognition service enables the developer to work on thousands of features hosted on cloud storage. Mapping and identifying a flat surface can easily be done with the help of 2D object tracking. Making of posters is quite simple to do via AR SDK. All databases of this SDK are stored on cloud storage. Therefore, a very fast cloud storage software allows using an unlimited number of 2 markers. Whereas many free AR SDK is also available which only allow a countable number of markers. This is the main difference between the free and paid version of software development kits. Mostly developer uses the premium version of SDKs. The premium version provides various AR effects to create the best version of augmented reality apps. Everyone must choose that AR SDK, which gives fast response time for cloud recognition and provides unlimited varieties of 2D markers.
Simultaneous Localization And Mapping Support:
Popularly known as Slam Support is a very in-demand feature in an AR SDK. Today everyone needs GPS to find out the actual position of the person in daily life. Same as Slam Support also do location recognition into AR Applications. It identifies the physical world through feature points. It helps augmented reality applications to organize 3D Objects & Scenes, as well as promptly tracking the AR World, and to overlap digital interactive augmentations. A good AR SDK provides instant tracking technology to users. Thus, AR Applications can switch digital interactive augmentations on any surface without the help of a marker. Some augmented reality SDKs provide a SMART feature which allows turning Google’s AR Core or Apple’s ARKit instant tracking. This depends on the device you are using and if it supports the feature or not. Working on SLAM with accuracy is quite hard to do. SLAM stabilizes the 3D image to look around, move closer to it or farther from it. Functionality is very difficult to work particularly with a single camera. You must acquire that AR SDK, which can work on SLAM properly with the single camera.
3D Object Recognition:
3D object transforms real-time and tracks 360° augmented reality experiences in the world. It could be used to transform anything from a living animal to a living being to a non-living object. Mostly premium 3D recognition AR SDK also offers 3D scene recognition and tracking of very large objects or real scenes or rooms. It can instantly track and transform with the help of a 3D object and scene recognition. Some AR SDK offers an offline mode where 1000 of images or scenes can be recognized instantly. 3D recognition switches augmenting traced images and located points around live camera image. When images are recognized, the developer will be able to convert it into layer 3D models buttons, images, videos. Multiple 3D recognition can be used to make many apps interactivity.
Unity support + native engine:
Unity cross-platform engine is the best gaming for augmented reality in the market. Some applications need the support of it to run efficiently. It gives the best ways and features to develop gaming software and entertainment media. But it also provides easier ways to prepare high visual graphics for AR Applications. As Unity cross-platform engine provides a great amount of massive and high resource functions so it can slow down augmented reality experiences. This is one and only major drawback of unity support engine. Due to this, many SDK’s provides their own engines that world smoothly on IOS or Android. As a result, for certain hardware or platform, it gives a great experience for a developer to work with features like cloud storage, SLAM or 3D recognition. Although, coding for this is a major issue if the developer is planning to release its application on more than one platform. Since it demands more time to invest to get the final product.
Smart glasses or other wearable ensure to go through different AR. Experiences to build a futuristic augmented reality app or any augmented reality product. The developer must choose wearables which support optimized software. Wearable is overwhelming its existence in the market. As we need 3D glasses for watching a movie or introducing of VR Box to play mobile games.
Use of an augmented reality mobile app development kit definitely helps you in creating an amazing application. So if you have to decide to choose an augmented reality SDK. You must evaluate the above-mentioned criteria will make the judgment of best AR SDK. Before purchasing the premium version, you can further use the free version of available SDK. This will help you determine interface or features which suits your working style.
In the end, my advice is to evaluate an SDK would be according to the cost. Moreover, Number of applications sold or AR toys sold also judge the price of a licensed model. This information will lead you to find out the best SDK existing in the market.