Unity's Dan Miller explains why Unity is leading the charge in XR development on Arm, and how you can get involved at Arm DevSummit 2020
By Dan Miller, Senior Developer Advocate, XR, Unity Technologies
The state of augmented (AR), virtual (VR) and mixed reality (MR) keeps evolving. Collectively known as XR, these technologies are rapidly moving beyond gaming to find adoption in applications and industries ranging from architecture, engineering and construction to manufacturing and mobility.
Hardware and software are quickly advancing to enable novel and more immersive experiences in these verticals to help improve safety, training, navigation, and other applications.
Unity started as a gaming platform, and we’ve since evolved our technology to serve a variety of industries—for some cool examples, check out the Arm New Reality podcast episode featuring our Julien Faure, who leads Unity’s efforts to grow into new areas. It’s only natural that as we continue to grow, we’d partner closely with hardware engineers and semiconductor companies, like those who attend Arm DevSummit.
My colleagues and I
are hosting a number of presentations, as well as office hours that will give
attendees a chance to learn more about our technology, do hands-on work with
Unity AR Foundation, and our newest product, Unity MARS, and ask questions to
inform their XR projects.
Iterate faster, develop easier
Before I offer some
detail on the sessions, I should provide some context. If Unity’s real-time 3D
development platform lets artists, designers and developers work together to
create amazing immersive and interactive experiences, Unity AR Foundation and
Unity MARS take the platform to new levels.
AR Foundation is a framework for augmented reality development that allows you to build rich
experiences once, then deploy them across multiple mobile and wearable AR
devices. AR Foundation ensures that any application built in Unity can work
across these AR platforms and take advantage of the shared and unique features
Unity MARS is a Unity editor extension with systems that bring environment and sensor data
into the creative workflow by offering simulated environments and more, so you
can build intelligent AR apps that are context-aware and responsive to physical
space, working in any location, and with any kind of data.
Unity Sessions at Arm DevSummit 2020
Yesterday, I hosted a workshop at Arm DevSummit on AR Foundation to give attendees a hands-on opportunity to work with the tool. I followed that up on Wednesday morning with a technical session on Unity MARS during which attendees will get hands-on experience with specialized AR workflows using Unity MARS and Unity AR Foundation.
If you missed either of them, they’ll be available on demand for the rest of this month.
But first, I want to make a distinction between the two: AR Foundation is the technology by which Unity integrates with platforms. AR Foundation is included in all versions of the Unity Editor and acts as an abstraction layer between platforms like ARCore and ARKit. Unity MARS is a professional level AR authoring tool, designed to enable developers to work faster, iterate better, and build projects more efficiently.
For us, it’s also
important to present at Arm DevSummit to amplify the amazing partnership our
two companies have developed. To this end, my Unity colleague Yury Habets, a
senior engineer, and Arm Principal Engineer James Greenhalgh host a session
right after the MARS presentation during which they’ll discuss how to improve
performance in mobile applications but leveraging the Burst Compiler for better
We’ll also be hosting office hours and answering questions about Unity Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.
We’re thrilled to be collaborating for Arm DevSummit. Our partnership is about ensuring that creators have access to the great tools, that are optimized to work across all devices. We know creators want a platform that can allow them to leverage the latest semiconductor innovation easily. Our partnership hopes to accomplish this mission.
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