Software Packages

This page introduces the AR software packages used for each platform.

This is a Work in Progress Article

Unity and Vuforia

Unity

Unity is a cross-platform game engine, compatible with Windows, Linux and OSX.

Unity is available with three licensing packages. Unless your application is going to be monetised, we generally recommend to use the Personal (Free) Plan, available for download here:

Pro

Plus

Personal

$125 USD per month

$25 USD per month

Free

"For professionals and studios"

"For Hobbyists"

Only available if your revenue or funding does not exceed $100 000 USD per year.

Priority access to new features, support, cloud storage and 20% assets

Cloud storage, limited customer support access

No additional training, support or services.

Vuforia Augmented Reality Engine

The Vuforia Engine is a market-leading mixed-reality engine used to make AR apps. The Vuforia engine is essentially the brain of these applications, which utilise Object or Target recognition which allow you to create custom experiences for mixed reality.

A camera recognises and tracks a target in the physical world. This triggers the display of digital content.

Figure 0.0 - Vuforia and Object Recognition (Source: Vuforia Library)

Overview

Unity and Vuforia

Most Suited To

Content / App Creation / Development

Best Used for Extended AR Applications

Use Environment

Requires a machine with Unity

Hardware Platforms

HoloLens, Android, iOS

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Flexibility

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Recommended Knowledge

Unity, C#

Fologram for Rhino

Fologram is a plug-in for Rhino3D and Grasshopper developed in Melbourne. It is most suited to quickly displaying Rhino information in a physical environment - grasshopper can be used to create interactive applications.

Fologram for Rhino

Most Suited To

Content / App Creation / Development

Best Used for Extended AR Applications

Use Environment

Requires a machine with Rhino

Hardware Platforms

Microsoft HoloLens, Mobile (iOS and Android)

Category

Rating

Ease of Learning

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Flexibility

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Recommended Knowledge

Rhino 3D, Grasshopper