Introduction to the Wikitude SDK
Welcome to the Wikitude SDK. This document is designed to help you from your very first steps with the Wikitude SDK all the way through to advanced concepts and examples for developing your augmented reality project.
Recommended Usage of this Documentation
The documentation is arranged in a way to guide you through the various steps in your development process. We recommend following each of the steps outlined below and reading the documentation in the order displayed.
In this section we describe the necessary steps to setup a project in a detailed guide.
All of the included samples are complete iOS projects and apps. Browse through this section and get an idea of what the SDK is capable of. The relevant parts of the samples are described in more detail to highlight the applied concepts and patterns. These examples are designed to help you get off to a great start with the Wikitude SDK.
Viewing samples based on vision based augmented reality requires the corresponding reference images. All of them are available directly in the description of the sample or available as a collection on this page, which you can either view on the screen or print.
The Wikitude SDK - Augmented Reality for your own app
The Wikitude SDK is a software library and framework for mobile apps used to create augmented reality experiences.
Architecture of the Wikitude SDK
The image above shows the different components of the Wikitude SDK and possible approaches for creating augmented reality apps. Each of these approaches are based on a certain development environments (IDE) and platforms:
- Wikitude SDK - Native API: Provides access to the Wikitude computer vision engine natively for Android (Java) and iOS (ObjC). It also can load plugins via the Wikitude Plugins API.
- Wikitude SDK - Plugins API: An API to connect your own plugins to the Wikitude SDK. (NOTE: Wikitude SDK plugins have nothing to do with the Cordova or Unity Plugin concept.)
- Wikitude SDK - Unity3D Plugin: On top of the Native API the Unity plugin allows to use the Wikitude SDK in combination with Unity.
The Wikitude Developer Portal
The Wikitude Developer Section should be your first stop when you have specific development related questions. The portal hosts a very active Developer Community Forum where Wikitude staff members are constantly assisting other developers with helpful tips and advice. You can find How-To's and a constantly evolving FAQ section there as well.