Inspiration for AirR

How many times were you bored while you waited to embark on a plane? How many times were you spiritless, sick, and tired on a plane? After hours and hours of research, we decided that these factors and the lack of customer engagement that airlines often overlook would be the primary reasons behind AirR. Keep on reading to find out more about AirR.

What does AirR do?

AirR is an augmented reality web application and mobile app that can be run on smartphones, tablets, and computers, removing all the needs and burdens of adding additional features to airplane’s already built IFE (In-flight entertainment) systems. 1 - AirR allows passengers to experience planes, cockpits, hornets, and helicopters in augmented reality. Based on their flight destinations, they will also be able to see the most famous places from their destinations before anyone else in augmented reality. 2 - AirR also provides research-based reviews of restaurants and touristic spots on the passenger’s destination. Everything is customized for each passenger and everything is in augmented reality. 3 - That’s not all! You will also be able to see an American Airlines boeing in AR before entering your plane if you point your camera to an American Airlines logo, so your amazing trip can start even before you’re onboard.

How was AirR built?

AirR’s breathtaking front-end was built by Mauricio, our front-end guru. It was delicately crafted using React, JSX, HTML, Javascript, and CSS. Most of the icons that you see on the screen were also handmade from scratch! airR’s magnificent back-end including the 3D model integration was built by Nathan, Mauricio, and Alexa, airR’s spectacular developers using Node.js and echoAR. Node.js was used to create our own internal APIs and echoAR was used to serve our 3D models to airR.

Challenges the AirR team ran into:

AirR’s main challenge was to find and work with high-quality 3D models that could be quickly downloaded and served to our customers. We also tried to host our 3D models in-house, creating our own CDN (Content Delivery Network) without needing to use echoAR, but because of time constraints, we decided to host our models on echoAR.

Accomplishments the AirR team is proud of:

The AirR team is very proud to create something that seems unreal and that simply works! AirR developers worked hard to find wonderful and high-quality 3D models and create a compelling and easy-to-use UI that allows passengers to stay engaged before and throughout their flights and increases American Airlines’ overall customer engagement and satisfaction.

What did the AirR team learn?

The AirR team learned a lot about CDNs (Content Delivery Network) since our first idea was to serve our 3D models with an in-house API. The developers at AirR learned a lot of how 3D models are rendered on the web, how to use echoAR, and how to use apply conventions on React.

What is the AirR team going to do now?

AirR developers will strive and work hard to develop their own CDN to deliver 3D models for American Airlines’ passengers. They are also looking forward to allow users to create their own models while on their flights and display them whenever and however they like to.

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