Updated: April 2018
Augmented reality is still somewhat exotic within the world of IT, though there are already many products with AR. No wonder, the list of best augmented reality companies has to be short, when you have a short list to select from. On the other hand, irrefutable success of entities like Pokemon Go and Ikea apps proves high potential of AR for commercial use. Our list includes 20 top augmented reality companies that have succeeded in AR development with apps, games, gear and software.
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#1 Groove Jones
Groove Jones is an award-winning creative and technology studio, recognized for the work we are doing for world-class brands like – Amazon.com, AT&T, FX, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Samsung, Toyota, & Lexus. Our team hails from diverse disciplines, from creating location-based entertainment and amusement park rides, developing enterprise Apps and video games, to directing broadcast commercials and feature motion pictures. Our talents are broad, but our focus is on creating new and dynamic solutions for our client’s challenges. We are an approved development partner for Magic Leap, Microsoft Hololens, Apple ARKit and Google ARCore. Reach out and let us inspire you!
ScienceSoft is a software development company with 29 years of experience in IT and more than 500 specialists on board. Since their development of an app very similar to IKEA Place in 2014, the company has been providing professional augmented reality services.
ScienceSoft’s AR development team works with such tools as iOS ARKit, Android ARCore, Vuforia, ARToolKit, and Unity. They are also highly skilled in creating realistic 3D models, designing user-friendly metadata layout, as well as training apps in precise object recognition.
Privately owned, NEXT/NOW, has transported people to the future, to virtual racetrack pits, and to peaceful bioluminescent forests. Its projection-mapped walls, floors, tables, sculptures, buildings, and vehicles have sent users to new worlds, while their mixed-realty applications have put fans in the shoes of their favorite athletes. With a toolbox brimming with virtual and augmented reality, gesture, LED, holograms, facial tracking, multi-touch screens and more, NEXT/NOW connects people with brands in deeply immersive environments that dial up the “wow” factor.
HQSoftware is a trusted international VR, AR, and IoT solutions development company. The company delivers complex projects across multiple verticals including manufacturing, healthcare, marketing, education, and other.
Development frameworks / SDKs encompass Unity, Vuforia SDK, Oculus SDK, GearVRf SDK, Catchoom SDK, Wikitude SDK, Kudan SDK, and other for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS.
Headsets, glasses, and accessories include, but are not limited to Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Google Cardboard / Daydream, PlayStation VR, Epson Moverio, Microsoft HoloLens, Treadmills, Haptic Gloves, and more.
From 2009 on this Dutch enterprise’s focus is on custom AR solutions and tools/kits to develop AR apps. But their true passion is bringing life to print objects around. Layar app (iOS/Android) lets users scan magazines, posters etc. and enjoy additional digital content in form of videos or animations. Another feature is Layar Creator – to build AR items, flyers, landing pages by simple drag-n-drop. Lots of developer tools and assets, so it is always useful to follow the updates.
A great service too look into for those who plan to drive the sales of their e-commerce efforts. Augment specializes in B2B solutions that connect connect retailers and online shoppers, and display products in 3D augmented reality. This targets more sales and engagement. Great AR platform with separate tools tailored for manufacturers, retailers, marketing agencies, educational entities and other businesses.
This relatively new software development company, founded in 2011, with offices in Canada, Ukraine and Russia started to work with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in 2016. Their prime focus is gaming and entertainment. First steps in the field of AR technology was the use of Vuforia platform. Several projects in the field of games and business directions were launched (see portfolio). Now the team is actively studying ArKit and ARcore and preparing for a breakthrough in the common area Augmented Reality technology.
Presenting holographic large-scale film experiences in augmented reality. They built a special system to demonstrate various scenarios and moving objects visible even without AR glasses, and people can move around and see it all from various angles. Metagram has patented their all-axis space hologram, and they offer it to other businesses, advertisers, artists, etc.
Since 2004, VironIT has successfully proven it’s worth applying the most cutting-edge technology to produce remarkable VR, AR and data visualization projects for their clients. The company provides full-game and entertainment development services, leveraging the talent of seasoned software engineers. VironIT chooses optimal solutions for quality services and makes the best use of material and time resources required for the project.
Founded back in 1992, Program-Ace software development company now is in the top three AR/VR developers in 2017 according to Clutch. The company is oriented on creating custom-tailored interactive AR apps, using ARKit, ARCore, Vuforia, OpenCV, Unity, Unreal Engine. The main industries they work for, are agriculture, education, manufacturing, insurance, gaming and entertainment, marketing, healthcare, architecture. One of the latest project Wheel Replacement Training, adopted for AR and MR, available in App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.
INDE is a fully integrated, award-winning Augmented Reality product developer, with more than 200 mobile, kiosk and large-screen AR systems – featuring both licensed and custom 3D content – deployed worldwide since 2011. Its client roster includes some of the world’s leading entertainment and education brands such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian Institution, BBC, Universal, 20th Century Fox, WWF and numerous others.
Since 1991, Transition Technologies PSC is developing Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality (AR) software for the manufacturing industry, especially connected product lifecycle management software and industrial exploitation. Partnered with the Atlassian, the company has developed projects for Fujitsu, L’Oréal, Cadence Design Systems, Raiffeisen Polbank.
Given example is a spare parts assembly instructions created by TTPSC for one of its manufacturing clients. The AR application besides 3D model provides additional information, documentation, manuals and animations.
The company works since 2010 and is specialized on Augmented/Virtual Reality, development iPhone and Android applications, cross-platform app and enterprise mobility solutions. To build AR products, Quytech uses such technologies like OpenCV, Unity, Vuforia, Tango, RealSense, ARKit, Wikitude, Kudan, Hololens and Meta. Quytech creates mobile applications for every Augmented Reality type: location-based, image tracking, real-time character, face and object recognition.
Craftars, while continuing its work on mobile and web development, recently started to focused its forces on Augmented Reality app development, after the growth of its popularity. The latest AR app, built by the company, complements another app from SPH and provides scanning printed advertisement to perform interactive AR graphics.
Appentus Technologies is a leading mobile app and Web Development Company with branches in India, UK, USA and UAE. With a team of dedicated technology experts, creative designers and quality software developers, our company is renowned for meeting up with the needs of clients who desire top class products and services.
Scanta is an amazing Augmented Reality based application by the company that ventured in the marvelous world of AR in 2016. Headquartered in New York and San Francisco, Scanta specializes in delivering unique concepts in Augmented Reality. Liaising with brands like Apple and Google to create emojis for their products was one of their benchmark projects.
AR Emojis being a core product aimed to deliver a seamless integration of fun-filled augmented characters in the concept of video making and sharing. Moreover, Scanta has been developing distinctive AR games like AR Dunk (an augmented reality basketball game) and Polygoons (a FPS AR shooting game). Successfully collaborating with Coca Cola in 2016 and running a campaign on Christmas Eve wherein Scanta showered gifts on the crowd and gained popularity.
Established in 2009, Mofables software studio is 40% oriented on Augmented Reality app development, mainly interactive games. The company using such advanced technologies like Vuforia, Wikitude, Unity framework, ARKit and ARCore. Mofables has launched several AR apps and games, but the most recognizable is ROAR! The first AR board game even was the game of the year in Belgium in 2016.
The company is oriented on AR/VR and mobile app development. Being the No.1 in 2018 among the AR/VR developer’s of Canada, the agency is working on creating AR apps on Unity 3D, and is also able to implement immersive experiences into web browser by using WebGL-based technologies.
The main goal of the company is creating the customized product using Augmented and Virtual Reality, 2D/3D graphic and the elements of the game. Starting its journey in 2012, now BidOn Games Studio is ranked as one of the best AR/ VR development companies. The AR apps are built with using ARKit, ARCore, Vuforia 7, and Unity 3D SDK. One of the latest projects is Helmet, the app which allows overlaying the real object with AR images to promote the client production.
#20 Fishermen Labs
If you are using Snapchat, you can be familiar with the work of this development studio, the CKE’s lenses. The primary company goal is creating a fascinating design for every product: AR/VR, mobile or web. Due to their approach, they have grown from small agency to one of the best AR development companies in 2018. They have already developed solutions for HTC, Sony, NFL, Lenovo, United Nation, FOX and others.
#21 Gravity Jack
One of the well-established digital agencies in the USA, producing mobile apps, AR/VR solutions, 360-degree videos, computer vision, websites. Company has awards and patents in AR, and has released 2 major products: an augmented reality SDK and a mobile CMS. They are now working restlessly on a new AdroitAR project, a marker-less real-world object detection.
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