Inspiration

In 2020, Covid hit and the exciting Presidential Election had to adapt. Politicians and rallies are becoming more virtual. Candidates can't meet or listen to the people. There must be a great way to use Reels to talk to your politicians or just help bring more excitement about the election to people.

What it does

The app allows users to select from four different pictures which can be placed using the instagram Augmented Reality filter in their home, outside, or anywhere. The picture can be shrunk down to small size or made larger than life. The photo can be placed on walls or let it bounce on the floor. This will let people be creative by showing a photo of Joe Biden or Trump. Users can talk to them, share their problems, or just complain. Users can also choose a Teddy Roosevelt classic election cartoon or a piece of public domain art around voting.

How I built it

This app was built by using Spark AR v.95. Photoshop was used to create transparent backgrounds and remove backgrounds from images found in the public domain at the library of congress

Challenges I ran into

It was difficult finding public domain art. I first contacted CSPAN, but they said not for this media. I learned to use the patch editor in Spark AR. I also learned how to change the motion of objects and a lot more about how Spark AR works. I had some issues with version control as I constantly packaged and resaved the project creating multiple versions with the same name but with a (1) or (2). Please note the photograph version of people was rejected and a new more cartoon/art like version was submitted instead.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm proud of the fact that the app works well and that I learned how to change the Patch editor code items.

What I learned

I learned how to use the Patch editor and improved my photoshop skills.

What's next for Election 2020

I am tempted to add more features like particle effects or design virtual art work talking about political matters. I may also create an app that lets you put BLack Lives Matter or other slogan virtually on any street. A useful tool for those living in high rise buildings.

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