Play With Component


Gear VR Framework follows component-entity mode, each SceneObject consists of multiple components that control different aspects of the SceneObject such as transformation, rendering, collision detection. When we use functions like getTransform() or getRenderData(), it actually uses getComponent() underneath.

In this tutorial, we're going to create our own component for the SceneObject and use it in your app/game.

Create Project

Create a GearVR Framework project by copying the template project

Perform the following steps to make sure your project runs correctly

  1. (if developing for Gear VR) Copy your Oculus signature file to app/src/main/assets folder.
  2. Change the applicationId in build.gradle to a unique name to avoid naming conflict when you test the app later
  3. Change the app_name in res/values/strings.xml to avoid confusion when you debug the app.

Create a new component

To create a new component, simply create a new class that extends GVRBehavior.

In this case, we create a class called RotateBehavior, simply makes SceneObject to rotate.

public class RotateBehavior extends GVRBehavior {

    private static final long TYPE_Rotate_behavior = newComponentType(RotateBehavior.class);

    float mRotationSpeed = 1.0f;

    protected RotateBehavior(GVRContext gvrContext) {
        mType = TYPE_Rotate_behavior;

    public static long getComponentType(){ return TYPE_Rotate_behavior;}


Note that we have a static field called TYPE_Rotate_behavior as well as a function getComponentType().

It will be useful when we need to access this component from a SceneObject later.


If we want to access this component from a SceneObject we can use SceneObject.getComponent(RotateBehavior.getComponentType())

Customize logic

GVRBehavior provides couple methods that you can override to customize your behavior.

  • onAttach() will trigger when the component is attached to a SceneObject
  • onDetach will trigger when the component is detached from the SceneObject
  • onDrawFrame will trigger everytime a new frame is drawn

In this case, we're going to use onDrawFrame because RotationBehavior will change the rotation of the SceneObject every frame.

Override the onDrawFrame as following

    public void onDrawFrame(float frameTime) {

        getOwnerObject().getTransform().rotateByAxis(mRotationSpeed, 0,1,0);

Basically, this means to rotate the object 1 degree on each frame.

Use components

In order to see our newly created component in action, we need to attach it to a SceneObject. Simply call attachComponent().

To access the component on a SceneObject, use getComponent(RotateBehavior.getComponentType())

Source Code

Complete Source Code for this sample