4/5 of the team are international students and it is a little awkward to approach people when making new friends, especially because our English skills aren't proficient.
What it does
When you make an account, you have to add your hobbies and a bio which can help others approach you through similar interests. After logging into your account, you will see a map where it shows all the people who are within a 30 feet radius from you.
How we built it
We used Android Studio for GUI & total integration and Firebase for authentication of email.
Challenges we ran into
GUI was a bit of a problem and our initial design was very different from our end result. Additionally, reading from the Firebase real-time data base was a challenge. Lastly, our map is being refreshed with new users every 20-30 seconds instead of being in real-time.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Finishing this project, having an app that works!
What we learned
Android studio XML and Firebase authentication.
What's next for Friends.IO
Getting real time updates to work, improving the GUI, integrating messaging and profile pictures, including the exact location of a potential friend (in front or behind you).