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Augmented Reality with Unity AR Foundation

By : Jonathan Linowes
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Book Image

Augmented Reality with Unity AR Foundation

2 (1)
By: Jonathan Linowes

Overview of this book

Augmented reality applications allow people to interact meaningfully with the real world through digitally enhanced content. The book starts by helping you set up for AR development, installing the Unity 3D game engine, required packages, and other tools to develop for Android (ARCore) and/or iOS (ARKit) mobile devices. Then we jump right into the building and running AR scenes, learning about AR Foundation components, other Unity features, C# coding, troubleshooting, and testing. We create a framework for building AR applications that manages user interaction modes, user interface panels, and AR onboarding graphics that you will save as a template for reuse in other projects in this book. Using this framework, you will build multiple projects, starting with a virtual photo gallery that lets you place your favorite framed photos on your real-world walls, and interactively edit these virtual objects. Other projects include an educational image tracking app for exploring the solar system, and a fun selfie app to put masks and accessories on your face. The book provides practical advice and best practices that will have you up and running quickly. By the end of this AR book, you will be able to build your own AR applications, engaging your users in new and innovative ways.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Section 1 – Getting Started with Augmented Reality
Section 2 – A Reusable AR User Framework
Section 3 – Building More AR Projects

Testing with an editor remote tool

Developers have been using Unity for many years to develop games and applications for iOS and Android devices. You want the ability to click Play in the Unity Editor and run the current scene remotely on your attached mobile device. Having an iterative develop-test-update-repeat cycle is key to more efficient and effective development.

To facilitate this developer workflow, Unity provides an application called Unity Remote 5 that you install on your phone and then connect to the Unity Editor. It is available for both Android ( and iOS ( It allows you to use a mobile device to view and test your project live, inside the Unity Editor, without having to build each time. The device acts as a "remote control" for the scene running in the Editor Play-mode, including screen touch, accelerometer, gyroscope, and webcam...