July 16, 2019

Wikitude SDK 8.6: HoloLens + Flutter Plugin + Geo AR for Unity

After another productive product improvement cycle, the Wikitude team is excited to present SDK version 8.6. The update includes our powerful – now product ready – HoloLens AR package, introduces support for Flutter, adds Geo-AR for Unity users, and offers further performance enhancements.

Wikitude SDK 8.6 at a glance:

  • Wikitude SDK for Hololens – production version
  • Flutter Plugin – release candidate
  • Geo AR for Unity Plugin (by PendAR)
  • Performance and stability enhancements

Wikitude SDK for HoloLens – Production Version

The Wikitude augmented reality SDK for Microsoft HoloLens 1 is Unity based, comes with a Holographic UI sample app, and is now available in production version. 

A little over a month ago, we launched our HoloLens AR SDK release candidate. The package allowed our customers and partners to test Wikitude Object + Image + Cloud and more HoloLens AR-tracking technology features within their projects.

The response has been very positive. And we have also received valuable feedback which enabled us to improve the platform even further, resulting in a powerful production-ready HoloLens AR SDK. 

With Wikitude SDK 8.6, companies can now purchase and download our augmented reality package for Microsoft HoloLens 1 to create high-performing AR solutions.

New Image Recognition samples for Wikitude AR SDK for HoloLens

Make sure to check out the new Image Target samples to review the performance of the Wikitude SDK for HoloLens.

Additionally, you may access our Wikitude HoloLens Documentation section for further details, instructions, and information.

Augmented Reality for Flutter – Release Candidate Plugin

Wikitude SDK 8.6 is the first AR platform to provide official support for Flutter.

Flutter is an open-source mobile application UI development framework toolkit created by Google. It is used to develop natively-compiled applications for iOS and Android from a single codebase.

Wikitude developers can now work with Wikitude SDK 8.6 to add augmented reality technology to their projects created in Flutter. The Flutter Plugin is based on JavaScript API and comes with the full package: Wikitude AR library/framework, sample apps, and documentation.

Flutter AR Plugin: Feedback Welcomed

As this is a release candidate, we are eager to receive as much developer feedback as possible. When trying the flutter AR plugin, feel free to send us an email (info@wikitude.com) to share what you liked about the development experience and, most importantly, what you think could be improved. Every email received will be highly appreciated and taken into consideration in the improvement process.

Please access the Flutter package manager to install the plugin.

Geo AR for Unity Plugin

Location-based augmented reality is a big hit among the augmented reality community. Starting with Wikitude SDK 8.6, and thanks to PendAR – augmented reality partner of Wikitude, developers can now use LBAR to create Geo-AR experiences in no time in Unity3D. 

LBAR offers a very simple workflow for location-based applications. It can be integrated with other apps in Unity3D, and there will be no need to put efforts on geo calculations. LBAR also offers a simple and easy-to-use radar so users can have a better understanding of their surroundings.

Tutorial: how to import LBAR package

Access the Wikitude download page to select the LBAR Geo-AR SDK package.

AR SDK Performance and Stability Enhancements

With every new Wikitude SDK release, our quality assurance team takes the opportunity to review and optimize the platform to ensure all AR features, classic and new, are performing as they should be, enhancing stability whenever possible.

Wikitude SDK 8.6 includes a series of fixes and stability improvements. Please review the release notes for your platform for an in-depth report.

Download Wikitude SDK 8.6

Active Wikitude SDK subscribers are entitled to all SDK version updates released throughout their term. Follow the links below to update your SDK:

New to Wikitude? Download a free Wikitude SDK 8.6 trial version for testing purposes and contact our team to discuss upgrade possibilities.

To explore all SDK options, including smart glasses, plugins, and other dev tools, please access our download page:

Interested in creating an AR project of your own? Access our store to choose your package or contact our team to discuss your specific AR requirements in detail.


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