Building Data Driven AR Apps with GraphQL

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Augmented Reality

reality 2.0

reality 2.0

How it all started

How we can create AR apps today

Let's see it in Action

So how do I create awesome AR apps

Getting started with Viro

  • get your Viro api key from
  • npm install -g react-viro-cli
  • react-viro init MyAwesomeARApp

Basic anatomy of an app


What about data and how do we bring it to AR


What is GraphQL


A query language for your API


Building GraphQL backend with Hasura

What is Hasura

open source and free engine that gives you auto-generated real-time GraphQL API on top of new or existing Postgres database


  • Can be deployed to any cloud or run locally
  • Compatible with all Authentication solutions
  • Can run on top of new or existing Postgres database
  • Supports Postgres addons (PostGIS, TimescaleDB)
  • Auto-generates GraphQL api


  • Comes with hasura-cli which has awesome tools like migrations and more
  • Can work with custom SQL statements
  • Has configurable access controls for data
  • Can be connected to your own GraphQL server (does schema stitching)
  • Has eventing system which enables to trigger serverless functions

Let's create GraphQL  backend for our AR app

  • Go to

  • Click on Get started with Heroku

  • Click on

  • Enter your app name

Hasura Console overview

  • GraphiQL - run your queries in in-browser IDE
  • Data - manage your data, access control, relations, permissions
  • Remote Schemas - stitch GraphQL schema of your custom GraphQL server
  • Event Triggers - connect your serverless functions

So what is this data all about?

{ Show me the code }!


So what type of apps you can create today

  • Location based AR
  • Games
  • Retail apps
  • Indoor navigation
  • Tools
  • Visual assistance
  • Travel
  • and much more

Want to learn more about GraphQL?


Building Data Driven AR apps with GraphQL

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