Fresh off of shipping version 2019.1 in April, Unity has already dropped the beta of 2019.2, and it has a bunch of new AR Foundation toys to test.

Among the new capabilities supported by Unity’s cross-platform mobile AR framework include face tracking and 2D image tracking, matching the comparable features for both ARKit and ARCore.

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With face tracking, developers can enable their apps to detect faces and construct meshes for rendering facial animations. The feature includes a “face manager” that takes care of device configuration and creating content for identified faces.

Similarly, 2D image tracking employs a “tracked image tracker” that builds 3D content based on recognized images. Developers can also trigger a different AR experience based on changes to the tracked image.

Also, 2019.2 beta brings support for 3D object tracking and environment probes for ARKit. The former enables developers to load 3D files representing physical objects for mobile AR apps to identify, while the latter assists apps in blending 3D content into the real world based on lighting and color measurements. Likewise, these features posses managers for aligning 3D content and information with environmental data.

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