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4. Materials
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6. Implementing Application Logic
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9. Physics
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Adding Interactive Area

In games and VR applications, some actions are performed when you enter a specific area in the scene (for example, music starts, sound or visual effects appear). Let's implement this in our project: when you enter or teleport to a certain area, it rains inside it.

In UNIGINE, the World Trigger node is used to track when any node (collider or not) gets inside or outside of it (for objects with physical bodies, the Physical Trigger node is used).

  1. First of all, create a trigger to define the rain area. On the Menu bar, choose Create -> Logic -> World Trigger and place the trigger near the Material Ball, for example. Set the trigger size to (2, 2, 2).

  2. Create a new TriggerZone component that will turn the rain node on and off (in our case, it is a particle system simulating rain), depending on the trigger state. Add the following code to the component and then assign it to the World Trigger node:

    Source code (C#)
    using System;
    using System.Collections;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using Unigine;
    [Component(PropertyGuid = "AUTOGENERATED_GUID")] // <-- this line is generated automatically for a new component
    public class TriggerZone : Component
    	private WorldTrigger trigger = null;
    	public Node ControlledNode = null;
    	private void Init()
    		// check if the component is assigned to WorldTrigger
    		if (node.Type != Node.TYPE.WORLD_TRIGGER)
    			Log.Error($"{nameof(TriggerZone)} error: this component can only be assigned to a WorldTrigger.\n");
    			Enabled = false;
    		// check if ControlledNode is specified
    		if (ControlledNode == null)
    			Log.Error($"{nameof(TriggerZone)} error: 'ControlledNode' is not set.\n");
    			Enabled = false;
    		// add event handlers to be executed when a node gets inside and outside the trigger
    		trigger = node as WorldTrigger;
    	private void Update()
    		// write here code to be called before updating each render frame
    	// handler function that enables ControlledNode when vr_player enters the trigger
    	private void trigger_enter(Node node)
    		ControlledNode.Enabled = true;
    	// handler function that disables ControlledNode when vr_player leaves the trigger
    	private void trigger_leave(Node node)
    		if (node.Name != "vr_player")
    		ControlledNode.Enabled = false;
  3. Now, let's add the rain effect. Drag the rain_effect.node asset from the vr/particles folder of the UNIGINE Starter Course Project add-on to the scene, add it as the child to the trigger node and turn it off (the component will turn it on later).

  4. Drag the rain_effect node from the World Hierarchy window to the Controlled Node field of the TriggerZone (in the Parameters window).

  5. Select the vr_player (PlayerDummy) node in the World Hierarchy and check the Triggers Interaction option for it to make the trigger react on contacting it.

  6. Save changes (Ctrl+S), click Play to run the application, and try to enter the area defined by the trigger — it is raining inside.

Last update: 2024-03-25
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