SAN JOSE, Calif. - Qualcomm Inc. announced the availability of its ''Augmented Reality (AR) Software Development Kit'' (SDK) for Android smartphones.
The kit will enable a new breed of applications that delivers interactive 3-D experiences on everyday objects, such as 3D gaming experiences on tabletops and interactive media experiences on product packaging and promotional items, according to San Diego-based Qualcomm.
''Qualcomm's AR platform, which includes the AR SDK, uses computer vision technology to align graphics tightly with underlying objects. The approach is an evolution from current AR techniques that use a phone's GPS and compass for mapping applications. Vision-based AR enables a fundamentally different user experience in which graphics appear as if they are anchored to real world objects,'' the company said.
Just jumped over to Qualcomm and the AR SDK is at http://developer.qualcomm.com/dev/augmented-reality. It doesn't look like it's dependent on Android. It uses the NDK so it might depend on the ARM architecture. Looks cool plus they announced a developer challenge with $200,000 in prizes.