So far we have looked at demos of augmented reality gameplay and investigated preferred hardware devices. That was just the warm up. Now we’re getting into the real beef: who offers the best software engine that can augment our reality (and our spirits)? Who will spearhead the creation of a totally new gaming experience?
Games alfresco brings you the unofficial roundup of the top 10 best augmented reality engines.
We will look at one engine at a time (enough with these looong posts!) and at the end of the round up, will rank them based on the feedback from you, the community. This is collaborative work in progress of group of passionate contributors on facebook. If you want to take part of the fun, join us at: augmented reality games.
Here is a sneak peak at some of the engines that we may or may not review:
- Artag, Goblin XNA
- ARToolKit AND ARToolKit Plus, ARToolKit for iPhone
- Studierstube Tracker, Studierstube ES
- Metaio UnifEye
- Point & Find (Nokia Research on AR)
- Total Immersion D’Fusion
- YDreams SimVideo
- Linceo VR3.0
- FLARtoolkit (for Flash)
- Mxrtoolkit (open source)
- ARSight (Google earth on your desktop)
Stay tuned…or better yet – tell us what you think!