Chapter 5

Building Worlds with KML


  • How to use the Wikitude Dashboard
  • How to create your first Wikitude World using KML
  • How to test your World on the iPhone and Android
  • How to obtain your Wikitude beta key
  • How to simulate your GPS location

In this chapter, you will kick-start your AR development with the Wikitude World browser from Mobilizy. As you go through the chapters in this book, you may wonder about the order in which they appear. You first learn about Wikitude, then Layar, and then junaio. I have chosen Wikitude as your first venture into AR because it is undoubtedly the easiest of the three platforms to create content for. The Wikitude browser may lack the 3D capabilities of Layar and the natural-feature tracking functionality of junaio, but it is consistently a user favorite. It has been voted the Augmented Planet Readers Choice best Augmented Reality Browser for 2009 and 2010.

Not only is Wikitude easy for you to develop content for, you don’t need a server to upload your POIs and you don’t need a lot of developer experience in order to create content. Worlds are simply a structured XML document that contains the name, description, and location of the POI.

Before you begin, you’ll need the following:

  • Latitude and longitude coordinates of nearby locations (generated from the previous chapter).
  • Some familiarity with XML.
  • The Wikitude client installed on your mobile device.
  • An XML editor, such as Microsoft’s XML Notepad ( ...

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