Unity often reminds us that the majority of AR apps and experiences are built with the Unity 3D engine, and now the Unity MARS service, which facilitates easy AR creation for seasoned coders and newcomers.

In its quest to make augmented reality development easier, Unity has launched the Unity MARS Companion app in beta via TestFlight for iOS and through Google Play’s native beta program for Android.

With the Unity MARS Companion app, developers can create and layout objects in an AR experience, map environments, capture environmental data, and create and capture markers for anchoring content, along with hotspots for interactions, according to an announcement from the company on Tuesday.

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The app uses the smartphone’s camera to scan rooms, take photos, and record video with environmental data. Once synced with the Unity Editor, this data enables users to simulate physical spaces for AR development. In addition, in-situ authoring gives developers the ability to create and anchor content on their mobile devices and squash bugs related to lighting conditions or the user’s environment in real-time



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