With the latest update to its augmented reality platform, Wikitude has introduced new layer detection capabilities that can anchor virtual content to surfaces in any orientation.
Both ARKit and ARCore can detect horizontal and vertical surfaces in their current versions Wikitude SDK 8.1, released on Wednesday, may also handle unusually slanted surfaces.
"With & # 39; any & # 39; we have not just middle horizontal planes like floors, tables or ceilings or Vertical planes like walls or doors – the Wikitude SDK is also angled at any angle, "wrote Paula Monteiro, Marketing Manager at Wikitude, in a blog post
"Plane detection has become a critical feature in building markerless augmented reality," says Monteiro. "It helps developers better understand the geometry of their environment and bring 3D content to the world."
Wikitude 8.1 also includes support for Android 9, iOS 12 and Unity 2018.2. With Wikitude Seamless Augmented Reality Tracking (SMART), developers can leverage Wikitude for AR capabilities such as persistent content and multi-user experience, and switch to ARKit or ARCore on devices that support these toolkits.
For example, ARKit in ARKit 2.0 supports persistent content and object detection, while ARCore currently does not. Wikitude SDK would allow developers to take advantage of the latest superpowers of ARKit and make the same experience available to older iPhones and iPads as well as Android devices.
Wikitude 8.1 provides performance improvements and greater stability for its version of object detection, as well as scene detection and markerless tracking.
But it's the level recognition that really turns mobile AR into more realistic AR experiences. While experimental, Wikitude 8.1 surpasses what ARKit and ARCore can do. Sure, it fades in comparison to what the HoloLens and the Magic Leap One can do with the benefit of depth sensors, but with just a smartphone camera, Wikitude is not far away.