Augmented Reality with Unity AR Foundation

By Jonathan Linowes
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    Chapter 1: Setting Up for AR Development
About 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.

Publication date:
August 2021
Publisher
Packt
Pages
382
ISBN
9781838982591

 

Section 1 – Getting Started with Augmented Reality

This section provides a basic introduction to developing AR applications and games with Unity, including AR technology concepts and how to use the Unity Editor. We cover the Unity XR plugin architecture, the AR Foundation toolkit, and other productivity tools. By the end of this section, you will be prepared to begin creating your own AR applications with Unity.

This section comprises the following chapters:

About the Author
  • Jonathan Linowes

    Jonathan Linowes is a VR/AR enthusiast, Unity, and full stack developer, entrepreneur, certified Unity instructor, and the owner of Parkerhill XR Studio, an immersive media, applications, and game developer. Jonathan has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University, a master of science degree from the MIT Media Lab, and has held technical leadership positions at Autodesk and other companies. He has authored multiple books on VR and AR published by Packt Publishing.

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