Zappar launches Universal AR libraries to unite developers across platforms
Augmented reality platform and creative studio startup Zappar Ltd. today announced the release of Universal AR, a set of software development kits and application programming interfaces designed to allow developers to create compelling AR experiences for mobile app and web environments.
Zappar AR provides a creative platform for developers to design, build and distribute AR experiences for mobile and desktop. Now developers have greater access to these tools than before with the release of Universal AR, a set of computer vision, face tracking and world tracking libraries.
“The release of Universal AR is a landmark moment for us,” said Connell Gauld, co-founder and chief technology officer at Zappar. “Now for the first time, content developers can utilize our computer vision in whichever platforms and creative tools they are most familiar with. These two innovations are a great leap forward in Zappar’s mission to democratize augmented reality.”
Zappar claims that Universal AR is the first unified SDK to provide access to all three major AR tracking types: face, image and instant world tracking – and it does so with access to mobile web browsers. These three tracking types are the basis of the vast majority of AR experiences, and now, with Zappar’s platform developers can choose whatever tracking type they need without the need for third-party libraries.
Consumer and enterprise demand for AR delivered through web browsers is expected to continue to grow. According to a report from Gartner, 100 million shoppers will browse using AR online and in-store by the end of 2020. Market analysis website Statista estimates that the AR industry market size for 2019 reached $10.5 billion and 2020 is forecast to reach $18.8 billion.
“Our early testing of Universal AR for Three.js has yielded some really impressive results, in particular, face tracking through the browser,” said Peter Maddalena, managing director at VR Craftworks Ltd., an immersive experience production studio.
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Zappar says its technology has been put to use by enterprise brands and agencies, including Nestle, 7-Eleven, Beiersdorf, Kellogg’s, Rovio, Coca-Cola Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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