How to find the 10 best Augmented Reality (AR) app developers in the world
Finding the best way to position and utilise your business when you’re dealing with future technologies like AR can be a difficult proposition. The skill set required is a relatively new thing, and the mobile developers who can do it, and are good at it, are likely to already be seeing offers from other companies. All of this adds up to mean that finding new talent to drive your AR business forward isn’t easy, and this is compounded if you’re new to the game and haven’t established a foothold. In an attempt to make it easier for you, we’ve already covered the top 10 IoT (Internet of Things) developers – and 3 ways to overcome your app backlog before that – and this week we’re looking at AR developers. Using our number crunching based on Alexa rankings, here’s who came out on top.
What is AR?
AR or Augmented Reality has been a concept in sci-fi for a long time now but it’s only recently stepped out of fiction and into reality. Simply put, it works by not creating an entirely new reality as Virtual Reality does, but instead overlays a virtual environment over reality that a user can interact with. Hence, Augmented Reality.
How big is AR?
AR, as a market, has only really existed for a couple of years and so is still very much in its early stages, but to understand its potential, one need only look at the massive success of Nintendo and Niantec’s Pokemon Go as an example. That app alone pulled in upwards of $600 million in just 3 months, and whilst its popularity has since tailed off (it’s not much fun chasing pokemon in the cold and dark of winter), it demonstrated that with the right application, AR is a completely viable platform.
It’s not all fun and games though. Baidu, the Chinese version of Google, has recently announced that they are developing an AR platform call DuSee for the Chinese market and Google is well on the way with Google Tango, the search and information AR overlay app. After the success of Pokemon Go, Apple also threw its hat into the ring, with Tim Cook saying that the company was “high on AR in the long run”.
The race is on, then, for the next big AR hit that will help AR move from being a niche, developing technology, to an everyday one, and perhaps its your idea that will do it. Where do you start though? With a new and developing technology like AR, the route to success and monetisation isn’t always as clear cut as with a mature platform, and neither is finding developers to create your project. That doesn’t mean that there’s no one out there though. As with any new tech, there are pioneers that are already developing cutting edge apps within it, and we’ve ranked the best in the business right here.
Who are the best Augmented Reality app development companies in the world?
Founded in 1999, EON Reality are one of the world leaders when it comes to AR and VR technology. Their motto is that knowledge is a human right, and to that end they’ve spent the last almost two decades developing AR and VR based digital solutions for training and information transfer.
Whether it’s simulation based learning, safety training, to 3d sales and Marketing data visualization, they and their 22 globally based development centres will always have the solution you need for your AR project.
Number of Employees: 400+
Key Clients: Boeing, Exxon Mobile, BP
What EON Reality’s Customers Say: “At Courts we are constantly looking for new innovative solutions to drive customer engagement. We believe that the EON Interactive Mirror provides us with a new, innovative, fun and socially connected way to do shopping and we have been impressed with the solution delivered.” CEO, Courts
When it comes to Full-Cycle mobile AR development, R-Style Lab are the people you want to go to.
Founded in 2006, they’ve been in the IT business a long time, and have delivered hundreds of successful projects to many different clients, across a wide range of platforms and project sizes. One of their key strengths is their ability to scale with the projects they’re doing, so they can give you a 3 man team, or up to 120, or anything inbetween.
They even have an R&D section to help make your AR product the best it can be.
Number of Employees: 50-250
Key Clients: Dell, Renault, Samsung
What Customers Say: “The most important point is that R-Style Lab can deliver on their promises, and are a hardworking team.” CEO, Consumer Electronics Firm
3D visualisation is one of the most exciting aspects of AR for businesses. It allows you to, in real-time and at the location, show a client what a product such as a sofa, will look like in their home as it is.
ViewAR are specialists in this field of AR and are staffed by a team of enthusiastic engineers, artists and entrepreneurs who love the work they do and their ever growing list of happy clients.
Number of Employees: 12
Key Clients: Kare, Porr, Glatz
US-Based Scopic Software, are, at their core, problem solvers. Using their array of skills including mobile and web-based development, and now AR, they relish the challenge of taking a client’s idea and turning it into a proper, viable working solution.
Founded in 2006, they’ve spent their time hiring the best global talent and increasing their impressive client list, as well as taking on projects big and small, proving themselves to be one of the most versatile AR developers out there at the moment.
Number of Employees: 200+
Focusing on creating beautiful digital media production software, AR and mobile games, Current has been making waves in the development world for a while now.
They represent the modern, connected experience we all share, all the time, and they do this by seamlessly delivering integrations of traditional media and modern digital ideas. By combining tradition and futuristic thinking, they create unique and awesome opportunities for anyone looking to work with them.
Key Clients: Dell, Conair, Disney
Originally started as a venture startup, Holition have quickly grown to become one of the major players in the cutting edge of digital development, specialising in AR, VR and wearable tech. Combining that with the sensibilities of luxury marketers, they’ve picked up a great many impressive clients including: Richemont, LVMH and Swatch Group.
In addition to that, they’ve also had international deployments in various premium retail stores around in the world including Harrods and Bloomingdales in New York.
Key Clients: Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Luis Vitton
As Asia’s largest AR developer, AR&Co have established themselves firmly across the Asian and Eastern markets, with projects being delivered as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong and Nigeria.
Further, as AR specialists they have developed a number of patented technologies in the field, including their own AR engine and a software ecosystem developed around it. In addition to that, they are constantly pushing themselves with new in-house projects such as AR glasses, to help keep them sharp and at the forefront of AR technology.
Key Clients: Disney, Hasbro, Nissan
With a proven track record in mixed reality development that includes everything from Honda VR experiences to AR based advertising for the Hunger Games and the Amazing Spiderman, Trigger have been developing for huge audiences and huge clients.
When you’re doing AR and VR work for some of the biggest names in the world, such as Dreamworks, Visa and Google, you know you’re doing something right. That aside, Trigger also have a strong focus on making AR apps for children and edutainment related content.
Key Clients: Honda, McDonalds, Visa
As an architect, one of the hardest things in the profession is truly being able to visualise a design within the space that you’re designing for. That’s where Studio216 come in. They’re specialists in building visualisation, using a combination of drones to capture footage, and AR overlays to place your design exactly where it should be and show you what it will look like once it’s built.
Using a mantra of “less is more” Studio216 have been developing architectural visualisation solutions for many different companies, including collaborating with Microsoft for their upcoming Hololens technology.
Key Clients: McAvoy Real Estate, Skanska, Jones Lang LaSelle
If you want people who are serious about VR and AR, then look no further than Varscene. They not only specialise in developing for mixed reality, they only develop for it.
This targeted approach has served them incredibly well as it has allowed them to focus on innovation in a way very few developers can. Varscene believe that the future is now, and that by keeping a focused, highly skilled team (including certified ethical hackers) they can consistently deliver the best there is to be found in the mixed reality development world.