Kotlin and Augmented Reality (AR) Development

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that overlays digital information, such as 3D models or text, onto the real world. Kotlin is a versatile language for developing AR applications. In this guide, we'll explore how to get started with Kotlin for AR development.

Setting Up Your Environment

Before you start, make sure you have the following tools and libraries installed:

  • Kotlin
  • An integrated development environment (IDE) like IntelliJ IDEA
  • AR development platform or framework (e.g., ARCore for Android or ARKit for iOS)
  • 3D modeling software (e.g., Blender) if you plan to create custom 3D models

Step 1: Choose Your AR Platform

Select the AR platform you want to work with. If you're developing for Android, you can use ARCore. For iOS, ARKit is a suitable choice. Both platforms offer powerful AR development capabilities.

Step 2: Learn the Basics of AR

Familiarize yourself with AR concepts and technologies. Understand how AR tracking, plane detection, and 3D rendering work. Learn about the specific features and APIs provided by your chosen AR platform.

Step 3: Develop AR Content

Create or import AR content such as 3D models, animations, and textures. You can use 3D modeling software to design custom assets or find pre-made assets in online libraries.

Step 4: Write Kotlin Code

Write Kotlin code to create AR experiences. Here's a basic example of initializing an AR session using ARCore for Android:

import android.app.Activity
import com.google.ar.core.ArImage
import com.google.ar.core.ArSession
import com.google.ar.core.Config
import com.google.ar.core.Session
import com.google.ar.core.TrackingState
class ARActivity : Activity() {
private var arSession: Session? = null override fun onResume() {
if (arSession == null) {
val exception = arSession?.getSupportedInstallModes(Config.InstallLocation.REQUIRED)
if (exception == null) {
val config = Config(arSession)
config.updateMode = Config.UpdateMode.LATEST_CAMERA_IMAGE
config.focusMode = Config.FocusMode.AUTO
config.installLocation = Config.InstallLocation.REQUIRED

Step 5: Interact with AR

Implement interactions with AR content. This may include recognizing real-world objects, placing virtual objects in the environment, or allowing user gestures to manipulate AR objects.

Step 6: Test and Deploy

Test your AR application on compatible devices. Deploy it to the app store for users to experience. Continuously refine and improve your AR app based on user feedback.


Developing AR applications with Kotlin opens up possibilities for creating immersive and interactive experiences. This guide provides a basic introduction to AR development using Kotlin. Depending on your project's complexity, you may need to explore advanced AR features and 3D content creation to enhance your AR applications.

Happy building AR experiences with Kotlin!