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Wikitude 3D Tracking (BETA Version)

With this post we are opening a new chapter on Wikitude’s journey towards augmenting the world! We are happy to share today the first version of the all new Wikitude 3D tracking technology. For our team, augmenting rooms, spaces and objects around us is a natural progress after mastering augmentations on 2D surfaces. Clearly, tracking in 3D is a much more complex task as algorithms must be optimized for a variety of use cases and different conditions. With this BETA release of our 3D tracking technology, developers will be able to map areas and objects of a rather small scale and place 3D content into the scene. This is the first step of a sequence of releases Wikitude will roll out as our SLAM based 3D recognition and tracking technology evolves. The 3D tracking feature is now available as a free trial and packaged in our SDK PRO products. This feature is currently available for the SDK 5 Native APIs only.

How does Wikitude 3D tracking work?

The Wikitude SDK tracks 3D scenes by identifying feature points of objects and environments. By identifying feature-rich environments, the SDK will map the scene by displaying a point cloud over the different feature points. As an example on how the Wikitude 3D tracking works in a small scene, we will use the scenario of an office table. The richer the scene is equipped with feature points, the better the mapping and tracking will be. 151012_WT_SDK5_Infografiken_3DTracking_01_v1 In order to track and map the scene the following steps should be taken:
  1. Launch the Wikitude sample app, which is included in the Native SDK (iOS and Android) download package
  2. Record a tracking map by slowly moving the device from one side to the other of the scene, covering the whole area
  3. 3D point clouds will appear on the screen capturing key feature points of the scenario
  4. Save the tracking map
  5. Load the map in your augmented reality experience to relocalize the scene and visualize the augmentation in real time.

    Download 3D Tracking Trial!

The video below demonstrates the above described steps. Important note: It is not possible to use both 2D and 3D tracking within one experience. If you use 3D tracking, recognition and tracking of 2D markers will not be launched.

Developers can now try the Wikitude 3D tracking together with the SDK 5 free trial. A trial key that has been generated on Oct 15 2015 or later is required. License keys prior to that will show a warning Unlicensed feature when you try to use 3D tracking. If you generated a license key earlier than October 15th, just revisit the license page and a new key will be automatically generated.

The Wikitude 3D Tracking is included in the Native SDK download packages for iOS and Android. In our documentation section you can find all details of this new technology and follow the step-by-step set up guide to get started (Android, iOS). We can’t wait to get your feedback and are happy to answer questions you have at sales@wikitude.com or in our developer forum.

And before we close this post, here is a sneak peek of what is coming next! Subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned to our developments on our dedicated SLAM page.
13 Responses
  1. Thirukumaran says:

    Hi Guys,

    Amazing work.

    Just two queries,

    1. Is it possible to recognise and track a predefined object instead of a whole scene? Something similar to object tracking of Vuforia minus all the limitations of size, color etc.

    2. When is this capability coming to Unity plugin?

    Again, great job guys. You’ve made a lot of developers very happy.
    Looking forward!

  2. Paula says:

    Hello!
    Thanks for your comment!
    Currently our beta is optimized for 3D spaces as described in our latest blog post.
    As our technology evolves other modalities of 3D tracking will be added, as well as compatibility with other Wikitude APIs.
    Stay tuned to our SLAM page and newsletter for the latest news.
    Greetings!
    Paula

  3. JoeyS says:

    Hi there,

    Great job! really excited about the 3D tracking.
    In the demo video shown above, if we moved the position of the laptop on the desk, is it still working for the recognition?

    Thanks!

  4. Paula says:

    Hello!
    We have just released a new update to the Wikitude Unity plugin, which now includes 3D tracking.
    For more info please check this blog post.
    Best regards,
    Paula

  5. Paula says:

    Hi there!
    The key points of the scene should remain the same as the map you created.
    Therefore if the scene changes, this might not work.
    I hope this helps.
    Should you need anything further just let me know.
    Best regards,
    Paula

  6. Sergio says:

    Hello there.

    Does 3D tracking work for outdoor spaces too, or would you just use it for smaller, indoor spaces?

  7. Paula says:

    Hi Sergio,

    Our 3D tracking technology will gradually expand it’s capabilities, starting with small scale objects and scenes.
    To see what’s coming soon, check out this tech demo video.
    Best regards,
    Paula

  8. Daniel says:

    Hey Paula,

    Is the feature (3D model/object tracking) which can be seen in the last video you posted already in the SDK?

    Best regards,
    Daniel

  9. Ioana Nania says:

    Hy Daniel,
    Our current SDK version includes markerless/instant tracking already. The object recognition functionality will be coming this summer and our R&D team is working day and night to expand this capability. More to be released soon!

  10. Ioana Nania says:

    Hello Vishal,

    Some great updates are coming in the next months and we will be covering all extensions. So stay tuned!

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