Getting started with RealityKit
Before WWDC19, myself and other Augmented Reality (AR) enthusiasts were anticipating many updates to SceneKit to come along with some shiny new ARKit features; however this was not the case.
Instead Apple decided to create a whole new framework to implement AR, and dubbed this new framework RealityKit. Here we have a whole new rendering engine, made from the ground up with AR not just in mind, but as the top priority. Although there may be some features missing; with this as v1.0 I have high hopes that this will become the standard for high-performance AR. Due to the name I also believe it could be intended for use with both Augmented and Virtual Reality, but I have yet to see any evidence for this.
I started looking into RealityKit right from the start, however there’s currently limited materials out there helping people to find their feet, both if someone who is new to AR or is coming from other AR Frameworks, such as SceneKit. This collection of articles aims to get you started with understanding the new format of creating AR content programmatically with RealityKit, with new articles coming out as I use the features.
To see what was changed with RealityKit during WWDC 2020, refer to this story:
- Component Entity System
- Touch Gestures, including EntityGestures
- ARCoaching, with ARCoachingOverlayView
- Subscribing to Events, such as Collisions
- Automating AR Sessions
- Multipeer Collaborative AR Sessions
- Video Materials
- Debug Component
- Useful Packages for Levelling-up RealityKit
- More Materials
- Importing and Generating Models
- Generating Meshes
- Shader Magic
- Briliant Colours
- More articles coming soon
If you want to skip ahead and see code examples without support material, here’s some other example projects:
GitHub - AgoraIO-Community/Collaborative-AR-RTM: A collaborative Augmented Reality iOS experience…
A collaborative Augmented Reality iOS experience using Real-time Messaging - GitHub …
An example app using Apple's new RealityKit framework - maxxfrazer/RealityKit-CardFlip
If you have any suggestions of better methods of implementing Apple’s new framework, I encourage you to open a Pull Request on the above repository so everyone can benefit!