AR Browsers

31 05 2011

Mobile AR applications have become more and more popular, probably thanks to an expanding interest in geocaching or layering and glossing over GPS maps.

source:, page 6

home page, POI icons, 3D image "glued" to markerless 2d pattern

If you are not familiar with those, check your phone app store for it. Here is an AR Browser for smartphones comparative table. I(t does not include other apps from the same product such as Wikitude Drive which falls the under navigation system category.)

Browser Evaluation Criteria:

Registration and tracking (columns 2 to 4)
>>GPS, Marker Based, Markerless
Built In user actions (column 5)
>>post text, post image, post photo, post 3d, webview, social, visual search
Publishing API (column 6)
>>Open key, Crowd sourced, restricted key, Bundled
Application API (column 7)
>>Open Key, Restricted key, Commercial key, Customize only
AR content (Column 8)
>>2d, 3d, 3d animated
POI actions (column 9)
>>info, audio, video, music, map (take me there), search and shop, call, email, SMS, Social, Event
Offline mode (column 10)
>>online only, offline, cacheable layer

For future updates to table see:

Sekai Camera

Other AR Browsers (not listed in table because of limited user input such as publish you own content, change the appearance or behavior of UI):

GeoVector World Surfer:
Google Goggles:
ImageSpace Browser:
Mixare Browser:
Recognizr (concept video):
SR Engine:
Word Lens:

This blog pulled info from “AR Browsers for Smartphones.” Read the entire report at




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