Quickstart for Android

Start developing your NRSDK Unity apps on Android.

This quickstart guide will help you set up your development environment and test out the sample app "Hello MR" on NRSDK.


Getting Started

Hardware Checklist

  • A Nreal Computing Unit (Think of it as an Android phone with no screen, so all development processes will be very similar to mobile app development.)
  • A pair of Nreal Light glasses
Don’t have an Nreal device? Sign up for the Nreal Developer Kit! Or try Emulator to pilot Nreal app functions without Nreal Light glasses and computing unit.
  • A USB-C cable to connect the Nreal computing unit to your PC.
  • Wi-Fi connection is not necessary. However, a Wi-Fi Android Debug Bridge (adb) connection can be used to debug and test.

Software Checklist

  • Unity 2018.2.X or later with Android Build Support

    (It is recommended to use version 2018.4.11f1, 2019.4.26f1, 2020.3.8f1.)

  • Download NRSDKForUnity_1.6.0

    The SDK is downloaded as NRSDKForUnity_1.6.0.unitypackage

  • Android SDK 8.0 (API Level 26) or later, installed using the SDK Manager in Android Studio.

Creating a Unity Project

  • Open Unity and create a new 3D project.
  • Set Player Settings>Other Settings>Scritping Runtime Version to .net 4.x equivalent
  • Import NRSDK for Unity
    • Select Assets>Import Package>Custom Package.
    • Select the NRSDKForUnity_1.4.8.unitypackage that you downloaded.
    • In the Importing Package dialog, make sure that all package options are selected and click Import.

Hello MR - Your First Sample App

  • Find the HelloMR sample app in the Unity Project window by selecting `Assets > NRSDK > Demos > HelloMR.`


Configure Build Settings

  • Go to File > Build Settings.
  • Select Android and click Switch Platform.
  • In the Build Settings window, click Player Settings.
  • In the Inspector window, configure player settings as follows:
Setting Value
Player Settings > Resolution and Presentation > Default Orientation Portrait
Player Settings > Other Settings > Auto Graphics API false
Player Settings > Other Settings > Graphics APIs OpenGLES3
Player Settings > Other Settings > Package Name Create a unique app ID using a Java package name format. For example, use com.nreal.helloMR
Player Settings > Other Settings > Minimum API Level Android 8.0 or higher
Player Settings > Other Settings > Target API Level Android 8.0 or higher
Player Settings > Other Settings > Write Permission External(SDCard)
Project Settings > Quality > V Sync Count Don't Sync

Connect to Nreal Device

  • Enable developer options and USB debugging on your computing unit. Android Debug Bridge (adb) is enabled as default and does not require manual setting).
  • Connect your computing unit to your Windows PC.

Build and Run

  • In the Unity Build Settings window, click Build. Install your app through WiFi Android Debug Bridge (adb) after the build is successful.
  • Disconnect the computing unit with your PC, and then connect it to the glasses.
  • If it is the first time you run this app, you need to authrize the app by some tools like scrcpy.
  • Launch you app along with the Nreal Light controller. For instructions on how to use the Nreal Light controller, please refer to Controller.
  • Move around until NRSDK finds a horizontal plane and the detected plane will be covered with green grid.
  • Click the Trigger button to put an Nreal logo object on it.
  • (Optional) Use Android Logcat to view logged messages. We recommend using WiFi Android Debug Bridge (adb) to connect to your PC so that you do not have to be connected through the data cable most of the time.