The Wikitude SDK for Unity is a plugin for Unity3D, that adds augmented reality functionality to a Unity experience. It is optimized for detecting and tracking images and objects to be used in augmented reality experiences either alongside native AR frameworks like ARCore, ARKit, HoloLens, wrappers like AR Foundation, or as a stand-alone tool to power an AR experience.
# Key features
Using the Wikitude SDK for Unity you will be able to use the following features
- Tracking images on-device
- Tracking cylindrical objects
- Tracking images from a cloud server
- Tracking multiple images at the same time
- Tracking objects and scenes
- Tracking multiple objects at the same time
- Combine multiple trackers from above in a single AR experience
- Running all the above in combination with positional tracking from
- AR Foundation
# How does Wikitude SDK relate to ...
# ARKit and ARCore
The Wikitude SDK is extending the functionality of ARKit and ARCore by features that are not present in those native AR frameworks or come with different quality standards compared to the implementation in the Wikitude SDK. In that sense, the Wikitude SDK can be seen as an extension of ARKit and ARCore.
However, using ARKit and ARCore next to the Wikitude SDK is entirely optional.
Experiences that only require fast and reliable image and object tracking can use the Wikitude SDK as a standalone library in Unity that brings everything necessary with it.
# Unity and AR Foundation
The Wikitude SDK can both leverage AR Foundation from Unity or work entirely independently. While AR Foundation is a great wrapper of ARCore, ARKit and other native AR frameworks, it does not bring any additional AR features to the table.
OpenCV is a great library for trying out different computer vision approaches but is hardly optimized for being used on mobile hardware. Wikitude SDK has built its own performance optimized core algorithms.
# Support and other materials
# 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.