Wikitude has updated their augmented reality platform to version 7.5 with tools for image recognition. To demo the new capabilities, they've added a feature to their app that can scan money and provide immediate information on exchange rates for the currency you're looking at. Wikitude 7.5 has a handful of other features for developers as well.
- HTML Drawables: it is easier to create complex visualizations of AR objects
- Relative locations make it more comfortable to create AR content relative to the users location
- A fully customizable AR radar
- Sprite Animations, 3D Transformations and Animation Groups allow complex types of animations
- Extension for Qualcomm Vuforia SDK for Image Recognition
- Performance optimizations and bug fixes
I don't see Wikitude replacing Google Goggles any time soon, but image recognition and augmented reality are two features that really go hand-in-hand with one another, and if Wikitude can enable developers to explore both of those capabilities at once, then I'm all for it. Developers interested in trying out some of the new augmented reality tools can find the updated Wikitude SDK over here.
How often do you use augmented reality apps compared to anything with image recognition? What's your most common use case for either one?