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Getting Started

This tutorial will show you how to setup an augmented reality project on Android using KudanAR.

Download Kudan's AR Framework for Android

To get started, the first thing you'll need is Kudan's AR framework. You can download it on our Download page.

Download the Android SDK

Download the Android SDK

Create a new Android Studio project

Start up Android Studio and create a new project.

Amongst other details, you'll be required to enter an Application Name and Company Domain. These two fields together make up your Package Name. You must make sure that this is the same as the Application Identifier associated with your API Key. This will either be the Application Identifier you used when generating a free API Key, or, if you are using the Development License Key, simply eu.kudan.ar.

Once you've made sure your Package Name is correct, select a save location, click next and choose a basic activity.

Create a new Android Studio Project

Create a new Android Studio Project

Import Kudan's AR Framework to the project

Import the .aar package to your project by going to (File -> New -> New Module...) and selecting Import .JAR/.AAR package. Navigate to your newly downloaded KudanAR.aar file and open it. Name the subproject 'KudanAR'.

Add Kudan's framework to the project

Add Kudan's framework to the project

Add KudanAR as a module dependency

Go to (File -> Project Structure...), select your app module, click the dependencies tab, click the plus in the lower left and select Module Dependancy to add KudanAR as a dependancy to your project.

Add permissions and settings to your Android manifest

Add the required permissions to the manifest file. If you are building for Android 6.0 and above you will need to include a permissions request for the camera before opening your ARActivity. Click here for more information about handling permissions.

Add the configChanges and screenOrientation options to all of the activities that will display AR content.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE" />
 
<activity android:name=".MainActivity"
...  
android:configChanges="orientation|screenSize"
android:screenOrientation="fullSensor">
   ...
 </activity>

Adjust Gradle settings

Add the following noCompress block to the android block of your app module's build.gradle. This prevents Android Studio compressing important Kudan assets.

android 
{
...
    aaptOptions 
    {
       noCompress 'KARMarker'
       noCompress 'armodel'
    }
}

Add ARAPI key to activity

Open your MainActivity and change it to the following:

package eu.kudan.gettingstarted;

import android.support.v7.app.AppCompatActivity;
import android.os.Bundle;

import eu.kudan.kudan.ARAPIKey;


public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    @Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        
      	// Comment this out for the time being unless you plan to create UI elements
        //setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

        ARAPIKey key = ARAPIKey.getInstance();
        key.setAPIKey("<Put API Key here>");
    }
}

Find the API Key for your corresponding Package Name:

  • If using your own, this will be the key you generated on the website
  • If using the eu.kudan.ar development Package Name, you can use the Development License Key. Note that while this key dos not display a Watermark, it cannot be used to upload your app to the app store. To publish your app, you will need to generate a free key on the website (see above), or purchase a license.

Set up your ARActivity

Make sure your Main Activity imports and extends ARActivity:

...
import eu.kudan.kudan.ARActivity;

public class MainActivity extends ARActivity {
  ...
}

This will allow you to implement the setup method in your Activity. The setup method is called when the ARActivity first loads. For example:

import eu.kudan.kudan.ARActivity;

public class MainActivity extends ARActivity
{
    @Override
    public void setup() 
    {
        super.setup();
      
        // AR Content to be set up here
    }
}

If you changed your Main Activity to look like the above, you can build and run your app. You should see a camera stream displaying on your screen, but you can't detect or track anything just yet. We'll change that in the next tutorial.


What's Next

Marker Basics

Getting Started

This tutorial will show you how to setup an augmented reality project on Android using KudanAR.