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The latest version of Unity lays the foundation for the MARS Augmented Reality Development Tool project in 2019, "Next Reality



While Unity is already the volume-leading 3D engine for augmented reality content, the announcement of Project MARS, a new augmented reality authoring tool in June at Unite Berlin, promised AR development to a whole new audience by designers and other non-coders this fall.

Unity has released Unity 2018.3, but the project MARS (short for Mixed and Augmented Reality Studio) is no longer available. Instead, according to a company spokesman, it will make its debut sometime in 2019. Even so, the latest version of Unity brings some welcome enhancements to AR developers.

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The AR feature for 2018.3 is updated in the latest release of AR Foundation, the platform-independent Unity mobile AR apps toolkit. First, AR Foundation now supports Unity's lightweight rendering pipeline. Second, Unity has added new optimized camera image APIs that help developers create algorithms for computer vision mode and other image processing functions. Last but not least, Unity 2018.3 supports ARKit's ARWorldMap, its World Mapping feature, multiplayer AR, and persistent content.

Unity 2018.3 also launches a new set of Github repositories for performance testing of augmented reality and virtual reality apps. Using an automated test pack, developers can easily test their apps for common features and performance, while acceptance checks help verify configurations and compatibility between Unity versions.


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