How to create an AR project with HoloBuilder

AR – or ‘Augmented Reality’ – provides a new and interesting possibility to add interactive virtual information to your real-life surroundings. Learn how to create your own AR Holo with HoloBuilder in just a few steps.

Learn more on this topic:

  1. Quick tips
  2. Create your marker
  3. Upload your marker
  4. Add interactivity to your AR Holo
  5. Share your AR Holo
  6. View your AR Holo
  7. Download the HoloPlayer beta app for the AR experience

1. Quick tips

In the following, we provide three quick tips based on commonly made mistakes you should pay attention to when creating an AR Holo with HoloBuilder:

  • Pay attention: If your 2D marker is distorted in a peculiar way, check whether you used the right slide type for creating an AR Holo: make sure to select the Augmented reality slide type instead of the Virtual Reality slide type.
    • 2D image tracking: Choose as 2D marker a two-dimensional representation, e.g. a one dollar bill, QR code, or logo. Take a picture of the object you want to augment with the selected 2D marker placed clearly visible in it.
    • 3D object tracking: If you want to work with object tracking, you need to scan the according object first.  With the according scanning software, create a point cloud of the object and upload the point cloud to be used as a 3D marker. Differentiate: You can either select a 2D (for ‘Image tracking’) or a 3D marker (for ‘Object tracking’) as a reference point for your AR Holo.
  • Be precise: Upload the 2D or 3D  marker according to the selected slide type and add objects the way you want them to be visualized in the AR view on the player.

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2. Create your marker

A marker is a two-dimensional or three-dimensional image or model which will be used to identify the real-life object that will be augmented. There are different options for 2D and 3D marker.

With HoloBuilder you have two possible marker types:

Set a 2D marker

The 2D marker is a simple and quick possibility to create an AR marker. Select a defining illustration with clear features, e.g. a one dollar bill, QR code, or logo, onto the object you plan to augment in your AR Holo with HoloBuilder. Place the selected illustration onto or next to the object you want to augment, e.g. a car engine, coffee machine, desk etc, and take a picture depicting both, the object as well as the defining illustration. Taking a picture of the defining illustration together with the object to be augmented, makes it easier to place the augmenting 2D and 3D object adequately.

Create a 3D marker

Create your individual 3D marker for object tracking by scanning any object in your environment with the according hard- and software. Unfortunately, we do not provide any scanning solutions at the moment. Please contact us at support@holobuilder.com for more information.

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3. Upload your marker

To create an AR Holo, you need to select the ‘Augmented Reality’ slide type when creating a new project/Holo or adding a new slide/scene to your current project/Holo.

Select slide type

 

Select the according scene for uploading your selected marker type.

  • Empty scene: Add no marker at all. You can either add a marker afterward or work completely without a marker. Add no marker at all. You can either add a marker afterward or work completely without a marker.

Note: Without a marker, you can only create Virtual Reality (VR) Holos. To create an AR Holo, you need to set a 2D or 3D marker.

  • Image tracking: Choose the ‘Image tracking’ scene if you want to work with a 2D marker.
  • Object tracking: Choose the ‘Object tracking’ scene if you want to work with a 3D marker.

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4. Add interactivity to your AR Holo

You can choose from a variety of objects, actions, and animations to add to your marker.

Add an object to your AR Holo

You can either choose from the 2D & 3D objects provided by HoloBuilder in the right-hand side object gallery . Or, you can upload your own 2D and 3D models. When downloading custom 3D models, the model, material, and texture normally are provided as a single ZIP file. The easiest way to import the model is to just drag and drop that ZIP file onto the HoloBuilder editor UI—preferably even directly from your browsers download bar (see below). Otherwise, you can also click on the ‘Custom Text & Objects’ button in the right-hand sidebar (see image above), then select the ZIP file containing the model in the subsequent dialog.

Drag'n'Drop 3D Model into HoloBuilder

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Add an action to your AR Holo

Enrich your AR Holo with specified actions. To add an action to a 2D or 3D object in your current scene, select the object that should become interactive and change to the ‘Action’ menu  in the right-hand sidebar. Alternatively, you can right-click on the object you want to add an action to, and select ‘Add/change action’ from the menu. Click on the action you want to add to your object in the right-hand sidebar.

Add an animation to your AR Holo

Highlight special attributes of your AR Holo with animated 2D & 3D objects. To add an animation to a 2D or 3D object in your current scene, select the object that should become animated and change to the ‘Animation’ menu  in the right-hand sidebar. Alternatively, you can right-click on the object you want to add an animation to and select ‘Add/change animation’ from the menu. Click on the animation you want to add to your object in the right-hand sidebar.

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5. Share your AR Holo

Share you AR Holos either by sending the link or the QR-code from the sharing menu. Or, let others save your Holo as their own to directly view them in their app library.

Note: Viewing the shared AR Holos is only possible with the according HoloPlayer beta app. To have the right AR experience, please install the beta app first.

Share link

Open the sharing menu  in the upper right corner of the editor to copy the sharing link.

When receiving the sharing link on a mobile device, click the link to open the AR Holo. If the AR app is installed on the mobile device, it will ask to open the Holo with the app. Select opening the AR Holo with the app and start viewing it.

Share QR-code

Open the sharing menu  in the upper right corner of the editor to save the according QR-code and share the image file as you wish.

Open the AR app on your mobile device. Select the button in the upper right corner to scan the received QR-code. The AR Holo will open in your app.

 

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6. View your AR Holo

Sign into the HoloBuilder AR app and load your project to view it. The HoloBuilder AR app to view your AR Holos will be available soon. Find out how tp work with the HoloPlayer app here.

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7. Download the HoloPlayer beta app for the AR experience

You can download the beta version of the current Android HoloPlayer beta app here. Install the Android beta version as noted in the instructions. If you have any problems during the installation process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. To test the app on iOS, please write us an email and we will send you an invite to the iOS test version.

As the app is still in beta phase, some functionalities might not work normal. The fully functional mobile app will be available in the near future. It would be great if you could send us some feedback on your experience with either app. We are constantly trying to optimize the AR experience and enhance the usability according to your use case. Thus, any (general) feedback is very welcome and valuable to us, so please let us know whatever you might notice.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to write us at support@bitstars.com.

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