July 21, 2024

Darcy Hagey

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Top 10 Tools for Creating Augmented Reality

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Top 10 Tools for Creating Augmented Reality


Augmented reality (AR) is a rapidly growing field. With the potential to transform industries like education, medicine, and business, AR has become a hot topic in the tech world. But what is augmented reality? How does it work? And how can you build your own AR app? In this blog post we’ll explore those questions—and more—all while showing off some of our favorite tools for creating augmented reality apps.

Top 10 Tools for Creating Augmented Reality


You might be wondering, “What is a game engine?” A game engine is a piece of software that allows you to create video games. It contains all the tools necessary for creating your own AR app and it allows you to focus on what’s important: making an awesome augmented reality experience!

Unity is one such tool for creating augmented reality apps. It has been around since 2004 and has become one of the most popular choices among developers worldwide due to its ease-of-use and vast community support system (more than 4 million registered users). You can use Unity in conjunction with other programs like Photoshop or Blender if needed, but it also comes complete with many features like animation tools, physics simulations, particle systems, lighting effects…the list goes on!

The great thing about using Unity as your AR development platform is that there’s no need spend thousands on expensive hardware like Oculus Rift headsets; instead just download their free version which works perfectly well on most computers

Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is a complete suite of game development tools that supports all major platforms, including PC, console, mobile and VR/AR. It has a large community of developers using it to create their games.

Unreal Engine is free to use for individuals or teams making less than $100k per year in gross revenue (or $3m over three years).

3D Reality Studio VR

3D Reality Studio VR is a software platform that allows you to create augmented reality experiences. It’s available on Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and it’s open source and free to use. The tool has been around since 2011, but the latest version was released in 2015.

The 3D Reality Studio VR software offers an intuitive interface with drag-and-drop capabilities for creating AR content without coding skills or extensive programming knowledge. Users can import 3D models into their scenes using FBX files; they also have access to various tools including audio recording/mixing as well as video editing functions like cut/copy/paste or apply effects such as color correction or blurriness


Blender is a free and open source 3D computer graphics software application that can be used for modeling, texturing, and animation. It has an intuitive interface with tools to help you create 3D models.

Blender is available for all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Google Blocks

Google Blocks is a free-to-use 3D modeling tool that allows you to create and edit 3D objects. You can use Google Blocks to create anything from simple shapes, to more complex objects like buildings and furniture.

Google Blocks has a simple interface that makes it easy for beginners to get started with creating their own models without having any previous experience with 3D modeling software. The app also includes some pre-made templates for different types of objects such as houses or cars so if you’re looking for inspiration before starting your own project there are plenty of examples available!

Microsoft HoloLens Toolkit

Microsoft HoloLens Toolkit is a collection of tools and APIs that help developers to create applications for the Microsoft HoloLens. The toolkit is based on Unity, so if you’re familiar with it, you’ll feel right at home. If not, no worries! We’ll walk through getting started with HoloLens development in this article as well as other resources available to help get you up-to-speed quickly.

ARCore Android SDK

If you’re a developer and have an Android device, ARCore SDK is the best tool for creating Augmented Reality apps. It allows you to build AR apps that run on millions of devices and enables new types of AR apps, like Pokemon Go.

Vuforia SDK

When it comes to creating augmented reality experiences, there are a lot of options. But one tool stands out: Vuforia SDK. This software development kit (SDK) allows you to create AR experiences using your own images and objects, and it’s available for both Android and iOS devices.

The Vuforia SDK has been around since 2012–it was originally developed by Qualcomm as an open source toolkit for building smartphone apps with augmented reality capabilities. In 2015, PTC acquired the Vuforia platform from Qualcomm and has since continued developing it in-house as part of its larger product suite called “InfiniteReality Platform.”

Augmented reality development is an exciting, fast-growing field!

Augmented reality is a fast-growing field, and it’s easy to see why. Augmented reality combines virtual reality with the real world to create an immersive experience that can be used for gaming, education and even business purposes.

Augmented reality is a combination of computer generated content (like 3D models or animations) with real objects in your environment. For example: if you were playing a game where you are running through different scenes at night time in New York City, then there would be some virtual objects added to each scene like street lights or buildings so that everything looks more realistic than if it were just plain blackness around them (elevated levels).


And that’s it! We hope you’ve found some interesting tools to explore and experiment with. Remember, there are many more out there besides the ones we listed above. The key is finding what works best for your project and getting started with it ASAP. Good luck!