Inspiration: We were inspired by various VR projects such as Dan Brown's (Mozilla Hacks) marketing VR galley.
What it does: The first half exhibits items related to historical events in antidiscrimination, and if you hover over each display, you can see a brief overview of the historical event. The second half includes a gallery of pictures from locations all around the world, and you can walk into the pictures for a 360ª VR experience.
How we built it: We started off by experimenting ways we could integrate AR or VR with social good, and settled on designing an informational gallery. We used A-Frame, a framework for developing VR experiences, and Glitch, a collaborative coding environment. We began with 360° immersive environments using photos and videos online and added a second section to our exhibit that used models from SketchFab and TurboSquid.
Challenges we ran into: An issue we had with coding our gallery was that it was much more difficult to code the positions of our objects than to use a traditional 3D editor. We soon found that Glitch had a primitive 3D editor that made this process much smoother.
Accomplishments that we're proud of: Despite being a small team of two people with no prior experience in a-frames, we are proud that we were able to get a working demo running and learned many new skills along the way.
What we learned: We learned how different coding a 3D environment is compared to designing an environment in a 3D editor.
What's next for Bridge of History: We hope to expand the gallery and fill it up with more displays. We would also like to implement a way for the user to navigate down a path through the exhibit instead of freely navigating around.