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Is it possible to restrict the Device Tracking "Rotation" to Horizontal rotation only?

  • Hi Weston,

    There isn't a built in way to do this through the Device Tracking component, but it's possible to do it through scripting. You can add a Device Tracking component to an empty object, and use that object just for reading device rotation.

    • First, create an empty SceneObject and add a Device Tracking component to it. Set the Tracking Mode to Rotation.
    • Create a second new SceneObject as a child of your main camera, and add a Script Component to it.
    • Create a new script with the following code:
    //@input SceneObject rotationTarget

    // Execute in LateUpdate to make sure the other object's been rotated this frame
    // Get the forward vector of rotationTarget
    var forward = script.rotationTarget.getTransform().forward;

    // Flip the forward vector
    forward.z *= -1;

    // Zero out the vertical offset to constrain rotation to Y axis
    forward.y = 0;

    // Normalize the vector
    forward = forward.normalize();

    // Create new rotation using the vector
    var rot = quat.lookAt(forward, vec3.up());

    // Apply the rotation to this SceneObject
    • Add the new script to the Script Component you just created, making sure it's set to the "Initialized" event.
    • Set "Rotation Target" to the first object you created, the one with the Device Tracking component on it.
    • Add whatever objects you want rotated as children to the second object.
    • You should now see them rotating along with your phone, but only on the horizontal axis.

    Let me know if you have any more questions!

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  • Awesome! Works wonderfully. Thank you for your help Jacob!


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