ARToolKit provides developers with all the tools needed to create innovative AR applications. By releasing ARToolKit under LGPL v3.0 for free use, DAQRI is committed to supporting the open source community to encourage innovation in augmented reality and computer vision technologies.
ARToolKit - Innovation Through Community
ARToolKit first demonstrated publicly at SIGGRAPH
The first time a working AR system had been seen outside of research labs in the US, heralding the start of the AR industry.
ARToolworks incorporated in Washington State
ARToolworks becomes a commercial AR company and releases ARToolKit v1.0 as an open source project on the HITLab website. Academics start using ARToolKit as the basis of AR research and teaching.
HITLab NZ is opened under Mark Billinghurst
Mark and his team develop a range of new AR applications including the first "Magic Book," using ARToolKit's patented Natural Feature Tracking library.
ARToolKit v2.0 released open source on Sourceforge
Moving ARToolKit from the HITLab website to Sourceforge raises the profile of AR from the academic community to the public and business sector, and allows other companies to develop AR businesses.
ARToolKit ported to Nokia Symbian OS
The AR Table Tennis application, developed by Anders Henrysson, wins the Nokia Mobile Gaming Award, marking the first time that a collaborative AR game was developed for a mobile platform.
ARToolKit ported to Java and C# by nyatla to create NyARToolKit
One of the best known Open Source AR developers, nyatla, creates NyARToolKit, leading a wave of innovation that opens ARToolKit up to multiple new languages and platforms.
Apple released the iPhone 3G
ARToolworks demonstrate ARToolKit running on the device for the first time. More than 500,000 people watched this video on YouTube by the end of the year.
NyARToolKit ported to Flash by Saqoosha to create FLARToolKit
Saqoosha’s work with nyatla enables AR to be viewed in a web browser for the first time, leading to a wave of high profile web and magazine applications – with Best Buy, GE Ecomagination, and UPS among them – bringing AR firmly into the public consciousness.
NyARToolKit for Processing
nyatla's new variant for the Processing language extends the use of ARToolKit into the art and design communities.
ARToolKit for Android
The Android variant of ARToolKit is released with a camera calibration utility allowing the rapid development of a database of camera specifications.
ARToolKit for Unity released
The development of the plug-in allows Unity developers to publish their applications to all major platforms at the press of a button.
This HTML5 variant of ARToolKit is released as an open source project.
Downloads of ARToolKit from Sourceforge exceed 650,000
ARToolworks acquired by DAQRI
ARToolKit Pro SDKs released under LGPL with the aim of re-igniting innovation in the AR community.
Transparent, Modular Code Delivered Through Open Source
Complete access to the computer vision algorithm allows you to modify the source code to fit your specific application. Freely distributed for use under a LGPL v3.0 license.
Major Platform Support Enables a Wide Range of Applications
Compiled SDKs for iOS, Android, Linux, Windows and Mac OS X all ready to download and use.
Mobile Focus Eases the Development Process
Includes OpenGL ES2.x support, integration with GPS and compass, and automatic camera calibration utilities.
Natural Feature Tracking Allows a Variety of Targets
Use traditional square markers or regular images as targets for your augmentations.
Develop for Smart Glasses and Beyond
ARToolKit includes stereo and optical see-through support, is integrated with a range of smart glasses, and allows easy calibration for new devices.
Supports Unity on All Major Platforms
For users of Unity, a single AR application can be published to Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.
A Wide Range of Rendering and Model Format Options
ARToolKit supports all of the advanced rendering features of OpenSceneGraph.
Accelerate Development Times
Tools for camera calibration, barcode and NFT marker generation and optical/stereo calibration provided.