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|Initial release||October 20, 2008|
7.1 / September 21, 2017
|Operating system||Android, iOS|
|License||Free Trial and Commercial License|
Wikitude is a mobile augmented reality (AR) technology provider based in Salzburg, Austria. Founded in 2008, Wikitude initially focused on providing location-based augmented reality experiences through the Wikitude World Browser App. In 2012, the company restructured its proposition by launching the Wikitude SDK, a development framework utilizing image recognition and tracking, and geolocation technologies.
The Wikitude SDK is the company's core product. First launched in October 2008, the SDK includes image recognition & tracking, 3D model rendering, video overlay, location based AR, and SLAM technology (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) which enables object recognition and tracking, as well as markerless instant tracking. The cross platform SDK is available for Android and iOS operating systems, and is optimized for several smart eyewear devices.
How it works
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 2017 Wikitude launched its SLAM technology. Instant Tracking, the first feature using SLAM, allows developers to easily map environments and display augmented reality content without the need for target images (markers). Object Recognition is the latest addition based on SLAM, with the launch of SDK 7. The idea behind Object Tracking it is very similar to Image Tracking, but instead of recognizing images and planar surfaces, the Object Tracker can work with three-dimensional structures and objects (tools, toys, machinery…).
User generated content
Content in the Wikitude World Browser is mostly user generated. Content can be added by a web interface, by KML, and ARML. In addition, Web services are available to register the delivery of dynamic data. Wikitude is a W3C member and OGC member and is working to develop ARML further as part of a W3C ARML project.
Opinions differ as to whether the location-based approach of augmented reality implemented by Wikitude can be considered as augmented reality. 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).
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Wikitude is an augmented reality browser. Augmented reality (AR) overlays virtual vision and information on the real world to enhance human visual perception
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