This page concerns the Vuforia Engine API version 9.8 and earlier. It has been deprecated and will no longer be actively updated. We recommend migrating to the Vuforia Engine 10 API before this page is removed in February 2022. The equivalent of this page or topic can be found here: Native Vuforia Engine Sample.
The native sample for Android, iOS and UWP provides a good starting point for familiarizing yourself with native Vuforia Engine development. This guide will explain the main elements of the sample and their roles.
The sample contains the following two datasets:
- StonesAndChips (Assets/ImageTargets)
- Mars Lander (Assets/ModelTargets)
Each dataset has a .dat and an .xml file that goes with it. Before running the sample, you should print the Image Target, which is found in the Media directory. To detect and track the Model Target you will need to 3D print the model, instructions can be found in the Media directory or follow the guide on Printing and Assembling the Viking Lander.
Using the app
Upon launching the app, a main menu will be shown from which you can select between the Image Targets or Model Targets feature:
Select one of the two features, point the device to the corresponding targets and the device should display an augmentation over the target.
You can trigger the camera to re-focus by single-tapping on the screen.
You can navigate back to the target menu by double-tapping on the screen.
High Level Code Structure
The code for the sample is in 2 main parts, the platform specific code for the application and cross-platform code wrapping interaction with Vuforia APIs.
Within the platform specific code there are 3 UI elements:
- A splash screen shown during app startup.
- A main menu to choose between using an Image Target or a Model Target.
- A Vuforia AR experience which renders an augmentation on the chosen target.
The table below lists the primary source files for each of these 3 UI elements:
|Vuforia AR Experience||VuforiaActivity.kt||VuforiaViewController.swift
The native sample includes a cross-platform AppController class that wraps most Vuforia API calls to provide single abstraction that can be used on Android, iOS and UWP. The AppController is found in the CrossPlatform directory along with a set of utility classes. For details of the AppController’s methods please see AppController.h.
For each platform the sample app demonstrates using the platform preferred rendering API:
The rendering classes have a similar API, in particular each has the following methods for Vuforia AR rendering:
The sample includes a number of other classes to support rendering on each supported platform.