List of augmented reality software

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The following is a list of notable augmented reality software including programs for application development, content management, gaming and integrated AR solutions.

Open source[edit]

  • A-Frame_(virtual_reality_framework), A Framework that adds HTML tags for most of the functionality in three.js and other JavaScript features as a superset of this lower level underlying 3-D framework
  • ApertusVR is an embeddable, open-source (MIT), framework-independent, platform-independent, network-topology-independent, distributed AR / VR / MR engine; written in C++; with JavaScript and HTTP Rest API (in Node.js). It creates a new abstraction layer over the hardware vendors in order to integrate the virtual and augmented reality technologies into any developments, products.
  • ARToolKit, an open source (LGPLv3) C-library to create augmented reality applications; was ported to many different languages and platforms like Android, Flash or Silverlight; very widely used in augmented reality related projects.
  • OpenIllusionist provides software libraries for generating images, interpreting user input, modelling the behaviour of virtual objects (or 'agents'), and threading all of the above to provide the illusion of reality.
  • AR.js, an open source (MIT-licensed) library to allow development of marker-based, Natural Feature Tracking and location-based AR applications on the web. It can be used in conjunction with A-Frame_(virtual_reality_framework) or three.js.


AR development toolkits[edit]

  • Layar SDK was an augmented reality SDK for iOS and Android apps.[1][2]
  • Vuforia Augmented Reality SDK, formerly Qualcomm's QCAR, is a Software Development Kit for creating augmented reality applications for mobile devices.[3][4]
  • Wikitude SDK is an augmented reality SDK for mobile platforms originated from the works on the Wikitude World Browser app by Wikitude GmbH.[5]
  • ARKit, an Apple SDK, currently designed exclusively for iOS 11+ app creation. Formerly Metaio, purchased by Apple in 2015.
  • ARCore, a Google SDK, currently designed exclusively for Android 8.0+ app creation.

AR content management systems[edit]

  • Augment, a web based platform for managing 3D models and creating augmented reality experiences.
  • Blippbuilder, by Blippar, is a web-based system for creating AR experiences with image recognition.
  • Webcam Social Shopper, web based software for integrating apparel visualization on e-commerce sites.


End-to-end branded app solutions[edit]


Certain gaming devices, such as the EyeToy, PlayStation Eye, Kinect, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and some mobile devices, use cameras to augment computer graphics onto live footage. The majority of AR software uses special cards which are read by the device to pinpoint where the graphics will form.



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