Vuforia SDK 5
Vuforia just released the latest version of their SDK, the Vuforia SDK 5.0.5. If you haven’t heard about them before, well they’re responsible for one of the biggest SDK in AR-content development. This tool is smartphone focused, meaning it’s for both iOS and Android devices. Now, the good thing is they decided to put VR features in this latest SDK, allowing its users to develop mixed reality application for Google Cardboard and Gear VR.
The video clearly shows how good this SDK is and how it allows creation of a unique experience. For example, the content user can view AR assets with a smartphone and then move to a more intimate VR experience with a single tap. That’s awesome. But for me, one of its even better feature is the virtual buttons. It allows user to interact with the content using a virtual button that is part of the AR marker itself. The video shows a woman taps a paper to change the color of the AR asset.
Now, this could be another worthy solution of user interface for VR content. Since, any VR users have been struggling with the no-hands feeling, or simply blocked from seeing which button to press. By combining live camera view from the phone and the generated VR contents, I can see that this SDK is a good step forward towards interaction inside VR space.
I already downloaded the SDK and is now looking forward to tinker with things. Watch this space, as I’ll write further about the SDK.