The Merge Cube makes it easy to introduce AR to any daily situation
What it does
GrabIt boosts your regular, boring online shopping with 3D models of the items you are considering buying. With a great UX, you can now use your gestures to browse through the objects and with the Merge Cube you can "feel" the object in your hands, play with it, and place it anywhere in your room to see if it fits.
How we built it
The project was built in the Unity environment. It is designed to provide a better shopping experience where with an intuitive UI you can browse through products and easily purchase the one you want.
Challenges we ran into
Initially, we wanted to introduce a smart wristband that would allow the user to interact with the app in a more advanced way. However, the integration turned out to be very time-consuming and we weren't able to complete it. The second challenge was finding a way to place small objects that are not covering the cube. First, we scaled up the objects but it turned out the objects looked unrealistic. We decided to design a patch on the cube and place the objects on it.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Providing a real demo of the experience
What we learned
Lots of new stuff about Unity
What's next for GrabIt
The platform has to be further developed to become a fully functional online shop. At this stage, two business models are considered - GrabIt can partner with other online retailers and sell the license for the platform, or open a new online store.