Our world isn’t flat and most surfaces, objects, and environments aren’t either. Wikitude SDK 8.1 has brought Augmented Reality apps into a new period of environment and object recognition. Mobile phones, tablets, and glasses with AR capabilities use to rely on physical markers but now have the ability to use no markers thanks to developers at Wikitude.

Scanning Surfaces with Wikitude SDK 8.1

AR devices can now download Wikitude’s SDK to run apps that will get rid of scanning QR codes and flat 2D image. In the past, scanning these markers with a smartphone camera worked as a way to trigger content to appear in a certain place, position, and size. To our surprise, devices with AR apps that paired with special markers revealed overlays for games and even marketing experiences to users.  

Although ARKit and ARCore were a cutting-edge moment for AR, their surface recognition software could only translate planes that were horizontal and vertical, reports Next Reality. The SDK cleverly determines where to place 3D content in AR to fit just about any surface, room, angle, and rotation around it.

“With ‘any’ we not only mean horizontal planes like floors, tables or ceilings or vertical planes like walls or doors – also arbitrary angled planes are understood by the Wikitude SDK,” stated Paula Monteiro, marketing director at Wikitude.

AR Developer’s Paradise


The SDK also has instant tracking and precise plane detection. These features can read and then places AR objects, images, and scenes into a user’s surroundings. According to Wikitude’s blog, “It helps developers better understand the geometry of the environment around them and place 3D content into the world. So far the Wikitude SDK provided access to the point cloud of the scene as well as hit-testing as means for understanding the surrounding of a user.”

Wikitude SDK 8.1 supports:

  • Android 9
  • iOS 12
  • Unity 2018.2.
  • Xamarin
  • NuGet

Software In Progress

Interested developers can use the plane detection to recognize varying structures like a door, corner, ceiling, or object without straight edges like a sofa and insert their own 3D content to fit those environments. Imagine an AR Halloween app that has a scary character that peeks their head around a corner or jump scares you. Effectively scary and realistic!

Wikitude’s SMART or Seamless Augmented Reality Tracking is impressive. Developers can use it to create persistent content that gets saved in the same place you left it. It can also host multi-user experiences that’s perfect for mobile gaming experiences. Important to note, Wikitude’s SDK is said to be better on battery life than its competitors. And it has more stable and consistent images and quality when you walk around objects.

Wikitude announced that plane detection is still in progress. They wrote that, “A sample app is available for Native API and Unity, with support for JavaScript arriving at a later date.” Interested developers have the green light to begin creating interesting content around the SDK as it progresses over time. We can’t wait to see what kind of AR apps we’ll be seeing soon.