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Wikitude - A leading augmented reality suite of developer tools and application.
Bildschirmfoto des Wikitude World Browser
Wikitude World Browser on iOS
Original author(s) Wikitude
Developer(s) Wikitude GmbH
Initial release October 20, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-10-20)
Stable release 8.1.0 / August 5, 2014; 7 months ago (2014-08-05)
Development status Active
Operating system Android, iOS, Bada, BlackBerry, Windows Phone
Platform Android, iOS, Bada, BlackBerry, Windows Phone
Available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish
Type Augmented reality
License Freeware (Proprietary)

Wikitude is a mobile augmented reality software which is developed by the Austrian company Wikitude GmbH (formerly Mobilizy GmbH) and was first published in October 2008 as freeware. It displays information about the users' surroundings in a mobile camera view, including image recognition and 3d modeling. Wikitude was the first publicly available application that used a location-based approach to augmented reality.[1][2]

How it works[edit]

For location-based augmented reality the position of objects on the screen of the mobile device is calculated using the user's position (by GPS or Wifi), the direction in which the user is facing (by using the compass) and accelerometer. In contrast, in marker-based augmented reality a marker (marker, e.g. QR code) is used for tracking.

The location-based augmented reality view provides a direct view of reality enhanced with additional, computer-generated content, as opposed to a conventional map, which provides an abstract view from above.

A central element in the Wikitude World Browser is the location. Compared to regular web pages, where the location of the user plays a minor role, Wikitude World Browser is optimized for mobile location-based usage.

Since August 2012, Wikitude also features image recognition technologies that allow for tracker images to trigger augmented reality technology within the app.[3]

User generated content[edit]

Content in the Wikitude World Browser is mostly user generated. Content can be added by a web interface, by KML, and ARML.[4] In addition, Web services are available to register the delivery of dynamic data. Wikitude is a W3C member and OGC[5] member and is working to develop ARML further as part of a W3C ARML project.[6]

Wikitude Location Based Augmented Reality
Wikitude calculated the position of virtual objects on the mobile camera screen based on GPS, Compass, and motions sensors


Opinions differ as to whether the location-based approach of augmented reality pioneered by Wikitude can be considered as augmented reality.[7] There is also concern for the accuracy of the GPS, compass and motion sensors used to calculate the position of the virtual objects. Inaccuracies could accumulate to the point that they prevent delivering a feasible result. In practice, this technique proves to be much simpler to implement than ones using the marker-based approach. In a current listing of the Top 5 AR Apps from The Telegraph, three mobile applications use the location-based approach (Google Goggles used both approaches).


  • 2012:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet[8]
    • Best Augmented Reality Developer Tool, Augmented Planet[9]
    • Android Apps Magazine – Best Augmented Reality app 2013[10]
  • 2011:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet[11]
    • Best Augmented Reality Developer Tool, Augmented Planet[12]
    • Best BBM Connected Application, BlackBerry® EMEA Innovation Award[13]
    • Most Addictive Social App using BBM Social Platform, 2011 BlackBerry Developer Challenge[14]
  • 2010:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet;[15]
    • World Summit Award[16]
    • Galileo Master 2010 at European Satellite Navigation Competition[17]
    • Global Champion at Navteq Challenge 2010[18]
    • Hagenberg Award[19]
    • Grand Prize Winner Navteq Challenge 2010 (EMEA Region)[20]
  • 2009:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet[21]
    • GSMA Mobile Innovation 2009 Global Competition EMEA "Top Innovator"
    • Salzburger Wirtschaftspreis[22]
  • 2008:

Similar applications[edit]


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  2. ^ Daniel Wagner (2009-08-06). "History of Mobile Augmented Reality". Institute for Computergraphics and Vision. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ Simon Sage (2012-08-17). Retrieved 2012-08-17.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Martin Lechner (2009-08-30). "ARML Specification for Wikitude". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ (2011-09-14). "The OGC Forms International Augmented Reality Standards Working Group". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  6. ^ (2012-11-15). "The OGC seeks comments on candidate Augmented Reality Markup Language (ARML 2.0) standard". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  7. ^ Mok Oh (2009-08-23). "Is That *Really* Augmented Reality?". Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  8. ^ Lester Madden (2012-11-01). "Readers Choice Awards 2012 Winners". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  9. ^ Lester Madden (2012-11-01). "Readers Choice Awards 2012 Winners". Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ Android Magazine (2012-11-15). "Android Apps Magazine – Best Augmented Reality app 2013". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  11. ^ Lester Madden (2011-12-21). "Readers Choice Awards 2011 Winners". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  12. ^ Lester Madden (2011-12-21). "Readers Choice Awards 2011 Winners". Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  13. ^ RIM (2011-12-07). "Wikitude Expands Support for BlackBerry Smartphones". Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  14. ^ BlackBerry Partners Fund (2011-10-18). "BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Winners of the "BBM" Competition in the 2011 BlackBerry Developer Challenge". Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  15. ^ Lester Madden (2011-01-07). "Readers Choice Awards 2010 Winners". Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  16. ^ WSA Mobile (2010-12-01). "Wikitude World Browser, WSA-mobile Winner in the category m-Tourism & Culture, 2010". Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  17. ^ ESNC (2010-10-18). "Augmented Reality Navigation Brings Home First Prize in European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  18. ^ Navteq (2010-01-10). "NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge® CHAMPION". Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  19. ^ Monitor (2010-11-24). "Softwarepark Hagenberg Award". Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  20. ^ NAVTEQ (2010-10-18). "NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge® CHAMPION". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  21. ^ Lester Madden (2009-12-18). "Best Augmented Reality Of 2009 – Awards". Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  22. ^ WSA Mobile (2009-11-01). "Die Preisträger im Bereich Innovation". Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  23. ^ Google (2008-05-13). "ADC I Top 50 Gallery". Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  24. ^ Sarah Perez (2008-05-13). "Android Developer Challenge I Winners Announced: Our Picks". Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  25. ^ Tom Krazit (2008-05-13). "Google chooses 50 finalists in Android Developer Challenge". Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  26. ^ Erick Schonfeld (2008-05-13). "Fifty Android Developers Get $25,000 Each: The List". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 

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