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What is 8th Wall Web?

8th Wall Web is the world’s first augmented reality (AR) platform of its kind for the mobile web, which enables interactive AR content to run directly on any existing website. 8th Wall Web creates a seamless user experience by removing the need to download mobile apps. Anyone with a smartphone can now immediately access AR content within their mobile browser.

How does 8th Wall Web work?

Built entirely using standards-compliant JavaScript and WebGL, 8th Wall Web is a complete implementation of 8th Wall’s Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) engine, hyper-optimized for real-time AR on mobile browsers.

What are the core features of 8th Wall Web?

8th Wall Web features include:

  • 6DoF Positional Tracking: Allows the user to explore their space and interact with AR content using only their smartphone camera.

  • Surface Estimation: Allows detection of the ground or other flat surfaces such as tables for precise virtual object placement.

  • Lighting Estimation: Lighting levels in the user’s real world can be used to match lighting in an AR scene.

  • World Points: Points in the world can be detected and used by an AR experience for visualization.

  • Hit Tests: Enables interaction with points and detected surfaces in a scene.

  • Image Targets: Allows web apps to instantly detect and track any uploaded image.

Does 8th Wall Web support the front facing camera?

Yes, you can use image target tracking with the front facing camera.

Does 8th Wall Web work with third party iOS browsers?

8th Wall Web is not compatible with third party browsers on iOS, such as Chrome or most in-app webviews, due to Safari being the only browser with access to the camera.

What browsers does 8th Wall Web support?

8th Wall Web is compatible with Safari on iOS, Chrome on Android and any browser that meets the requirements outlined here.

How can I get 8th Wall Web?

Sign up for free here!

What is 8th Wall XR?

8th Wall XR is a developer platform that makes it simple to develop mobile augmented reality applications in a matter of minutes, and then deploy them everywhere. Create an app with 8th Wall XR once and it will automatically work across any commonly available iOS or Android phone.

Is 8th Wall XR free?

Yes, 8th Wall XR for Unity® is free for personal and commercial use (with no watermarks!)

Can I build WebAR apps with 8th Wall XR for Unity®?

No. Unity WebGL content is not currently supported on mobile devices. If you would like to develop WebAR, you will need to create a Web Developer workspace and develop using A-Frame, three.js, babylon.js, or Amazon Sumerian. Learn more about Unity WebGL Browser Compatibility here.

How do I get started?

To get started with 8th Wall XR, simply go to console.8thwall.com and create an account. Next, complete the Quick Start Tutorial to begin building your AR app.

What devices can I build for?

8th Wall XR supports most iOS and Android devices. Check out the compatibility matrix in our documentation for more information.

What are the core features of 8th Wall XR?

8th Wall XR features include:

  • 6DoF Positional Tracking: Allows the user to explore their space and interact with AR content using only their smartphone camera.

  • Surface Estimation: Allows detection of the ground or other flat surfaces such as tables for precise virtual object placement.

  • Lighting Estimation: Lighting levels in the user’s real world can be used to match lighting in an AR scene.

  • World Points: Points in the world can be detected and used by an AR experience for visualization.

  • Hit Tests: Enables interaction with points and detected surfaces in a scene.

Does 8th Wall XR support vertical surface detection?

Yes, 8th Wall XR can precisely detect vertical surfaces to allow for accurate tracking and object placement for devices with ARKit 1.5+ or ARCore 1.3+

Does 8th Wall XR support image detection/targets?

Yes, with 8th Wall XR you can now specify image targets for users to detect and interact with for a unique AR experience. This is currently supported for devices with ARKit 1.5+ or ARCore 1.3+

What features are supported on my device?

To view a detailed matrix of supported features by plaftorm, please click here

What is XR Remote?

XR Remote is an app that allows you to instantly test your AR application on your mobile device, by connecting to WiFi or USB. This is a great way to save you time and preview your app before you build it out. Download the free app on the iTunes Store or Google Play.

What is glTF Viewer?

glTF Viewer is an application that allows you to share and view 3D files directly in your environment. Download the free app on the iTunes Store or Google Play.

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