The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled us to stay indoors. Although some companies are able to adjust to the circumstances, it has been quite difficult for Automobile industry. We at VirtualEXPO have created an app where you will be able to visit an automobile expo at your home and even get the experience of a virtual expo.
We Are ONE
During the reopening after the lockdown we noticed that not all are abiding by the social distancing rules and hence we propose that we have the events in-doors, from the comfort of our homes. This avoids the risk of getting infected and succumbing to the coronavirus. Even in the normal pre-covid times not all stature of persons were invited and allowed in an expo, on the other hand very few Automobile Expos are held in India and other third world country. So we built an Augmented Reality application that is accessible to one and all of all the countries. We provide free services and our application does not have any downloading charges.
What it does
AR-EXPO is a comprehensive application that has :- AR-based Coursework- We have created AR based models of various cars and aircrafts, and displayed them in an exhibition. We also provide the basic information about the automobiles available at our expo. We have further created a website to promote our application so as to get more audience and connect the customers with the buyers.
How I built it
We build the AR components using EchoAR and Unity. I summoned the models from poly google and sketch-fab. I built the website with the help of wix.com.
Challenges I ran into
There was a huge time constraint. And I had to manage a lot on my own. Finding the required models was an headache. However I was able to track down some famous cars and aviation crafts and display them. Using wix to create a website was completely new for me, did run into some problems but managed to overcome them.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We successfully used EchoAR to create the project. We also were able to create a fully functional user-friendly app. I am happy that I was able to use wix to build a website.
What I learned
We learnt the use of EchoAR. And was able to get familiar with wix. The learning was priceless.
What's next for AR-Expo
We plan to develop and showcase more car and aviation models and enlarge the same into the bike industries. Furthermore we would like to create a museum for auto-vehicles and include other futuristic concept automobiles.
Try out the website: https://paulpallab1112.wixsite.com/ar-expo