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Developer(s)Wikitude GmbH
Initial releaseOctober 20, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-10-20)
Stable release
8.2 / November 13, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-11-13)
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, UWP [1]
Available inEnglish
TypeAugmented reality
LicenseFree 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,[2] 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. In 2017 Wikitude launched its 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, iOS and Windows operating systems, being optimized as well for several smart eyewear devices.[2]

The Wikitude app was the first publicly available application that used a location-based approach to augmented reality.[3][4]

How it works[edit]

Location based augmented reality[edit]

Wikitude initially entered the market with its geo location AR app. The Wikitude app was the first publicly available application that used a location-based approach to augmented reality.[3][4]

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 Wi-Fi), the direction in which the user is facing (by using the compass) and accelerometer. Augmentations can be placed at specific points of interest and afterwards viewed through the devices' screen or lenses.

One of the best known examples of Geo based AR is Pokemon Go.

Image Recognition[edit]

Since August 2012, Wikitude also features image recognition technologies that allow for tracker images to trigger augmented reality technology within the app.[5]

The software identifies relevant feature points of the target image (also known as marker). This allows to overlay and stick augmentations in specific position on top or around the image.

SLAM: Instant Tracking, Object and Scene Recognition[edit]

In 2017 Wikitude launched its SLAM technology. Instant Tracking,[6] the first feature using SLAM,[7] 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 Recognition and Tracking 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…).


Opinions differ as to whether the location-based approach of augmented reality implemented by Wikitude can be considered as augmented reality.[8] 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[9] from The Telegraph, three mobile applications use the location-based approach (Google Goggles used both approaches).


  • 2017:
    • Best Developer Tool 2017, Augmented World Expo[10]
  • 2015:
    • Honorable Mentions for Best Tool 2015, Augmented World Expo[11]
  • 2012:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet[12]
    • Best Augmented Reality Developer Tool, Augmented Planet[12]
    • Android Apps Magazine – Best Augmented Reality app 2013[13]
  • 2011:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet[14]
    • Best Augmented Reality Developer Tool, Augmented Planet[14]
    • Best BBM Connected Application, BlackBerry® EMEA Innovation Award[15]
    • Most Addictive Social App using BBM Social Platform, 2011 BlackBerry Developer Challenge[16]
  • 2010:
  • 2009:
    • Best Augmented Reality Browser, Augmented Planet[23]
    • GSMA Mobile Innovation 2009 Global Competition EMEA "Top Innovator"
    • Salzburger Wirtschaftspreis[24]
  • 2008:


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