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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)
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Section 1 – Getting Started with Augmented Reality
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Section 2 – A Reusable AR User Framework
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Section 3 – Building More AR Projects

Installing prerequisite assets

Our user interaction framework uses several additional packages that need to be installed in your project, namely, TextMeshPro, DOTween, and Serialized Dictionary Lite. In this section, I will also include some utility assets. Let's install them now.

TextMeshPro

TextMeshPro provides high-quality text assets that replace the built-in text element. It is not mandatory, but I strongly recommend it. To import TextMeshPro, if you haven't installed it yet in your project, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Window | TextMeshPro | Import TMP Essential Resources.
  2. In the Import Unity Package window, click Import.

The TextMeshPro package is now installed. You may also install the TMP Examples and Extras package, which includes additional fonts and other assets that may be useful and fun for your projects.

DOTween

DOTween is, in my opinion, an indispensable free package for doing small, lightweight animation effects on just...