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Enterprise Augmented Reality Projects

By : Jorge R. López Benito, Enara Artetxe González
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Enterprise Augmented Reality Projects

By: Jorge R. López Benito, Enara Artetxe González

Overview of this book

Augmented reality (AR) is expanding its scope from just being used in mobile and game applications to enterprise. Different industries are using AR to enhance assembly line visualization, guide operators performing difficult tasks, attract more customers, and even improve training techniques. In this book, you'll gain comprehensive insights into different aspects of developing AR-based apps for six different enterprise sectors, focusing on market needs and choosing the most suitable tool in each case. You'll delve into the basics of Unity and get familiar with Unity assets, materials, and resources, which will help you build a strong foundation for working on the different AR projects covered in the book. You'll build real-world projects for various industries such as marketing, retail, and automation in a step-by-step manner. This will give you hands-on experience in developing your own industrial AR apps. While building the projects, you'll explore various AR frameworks used in the enterprise environment such as Vuforia, EasyAR, ARCore, and ARKit, and understand how they can be used by themselves or integrated into the Unity 3D engine to create AR markers, 3D models, and components of an AR app. By the end of this book, you'll be well versed in using different commercial AR frameworks as well as Unity for building robust AR projects.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Understanding the Unity interface

The first time you open the Unity editor, you will see a layout with different bars and windows, similar to what can be seen in the following screenshot:

The initial Unity layout

At first glance, the Unity configuration slightly reminds us of 3D modeling tools, with the 3D scene in the middle, although it has more panels on the sides than modeling tools does. Although it can look a bit daunting to understand everything if you are not familiarized with 3D tools, the Unity interface is quite straightforward and has remained very much the same throughout the Unity versions. The main components that can be seen in the preceding screenshot are as follows (from top left to bottom right):

  • The Toolbar: Here, we have the main buttons so that we can manipulate objects in the Scene view to test the scene.
  • The Hierarchy window: The Hierarchy window...