August 27, 2013

Wikitude SDK 3.1 – Image Recognition 2x faster

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The Wikitude SDK 3.1 for iOS and Android devices is now available! Based on user feedback and our own testing and development, we’ve made the HTML augmentations a lot better. This significant update for the iOS and Android SDKs includes a dramatical improvement of our image recognition engine.

Improved Image Recognition Engine

Specifically, the number and type of images that can be recognized have been substantially improved, along with a smoother and more stable end-user experience. This update provides better support for images with low contrast and makes image detection twice as fast as our previous SDK. Thanks to this larger dataset, 30% of the images used in our internal testing and development displayed a remarkable performance improvement.

HTML Augmentations Optimized

The second focus area for this release were HTML augmentations (HTML Drawables) which received a long necessary overhaul. The code for rendering HTML in augmented reality has completely been rewritten, which makes it now much more responsive for dynamic HTML pages. HTML Drawables SDK 3.1 real-time weather To assist developers in selecting optimal images for image recognition and triggering, we’ve analyzed a mountain of data and compiled this handy guide.
target image guide

Free Upgrade for 3.0 Customers

This free update is available to agencies and developers with a valid Wikitude SDK 3.0 license. If you’re not using the latest version of the Wikitude SDK, we’re happy to bring you up to speed. Contact us today for a special upgrade offer.

Users of the Wikitude Adobe PhoneGap plugin and Appcelerator’s Titanium module may quickly and easily replace their development libraries to take advantage of these important updates to the Wikitude SDK 3.1. The Wikitude SDK 3.1 update is backwards compatible with version 3.0.

To ensure optimal performance, developers using HTML drawables should check their digitally augmented experience to fully reflect improvements. Also included in the SDK 3.1 is our recently updated sample app. This app spotlights the most used features within the Wikitude SDK, and can be used as a basis for your own applications. This sample app is based on hundreds of hours of developer feedback and contribution, and provides new and experienced Wikitude users with an easy-to-understand, yet powerful tool to get them up and running in minimal time.

iOS 7 Compatibility with Augmented Reality SDK

And last, but certainly not least, iOS 7. In case you’ve just come out of the woods for the summer, Apple will soon be releasing the most significant update to their mobile operating system since it’s inception. Our quality assurance team has been testing and retesting compatibility with the latest beta version of iOS 7, and ensure us that all systems are go!

Naturally, we’ll test the gold master version of iOS 7 as soon as it’s available, but at the moment we don’t expect any problems for your iOS 7 app using the Wikitude SDK.

Developers may now download the updated Wikitude SDK 3.1 directly. We’re always interested in your feedback! If you have comments, questions, praise, or just about anything else – please let us know about it. Likewise, don’t forget about our developer forums where your fellow developers support and inspire each other.

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