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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

Hiding tracked objects when not needed

When the app first starts tracking, we show the trackable planes and point clouds. This is useful feedback to the user when the app first starts and subsequently when placing an object. But once we have objects placed in the scene, these trackable visualizations can be distracting and unwanted. Let's only show the object while in PlaceObject-mode and hide them after at least one virtual object has been placed.

In AR Foundation, hiding the trackables requires two separate things: hiding the existing trackables that have already been detected, and preventing new trackables from being detected and visualized. We will implement both.

To implement this, we can write a separate component on PlaceObject mode that shows the trackables when enabled and hides them when disabled. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a new C# script in your Scripts/ folder named ShowTrackablesOnEnable and open it for editing.
  2. At the top of the class, add variable...