We thank the indigenous cultures of Vancouver Greater Area: The Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh for the unceded land that we work, live, and eat on. We created HeritEDGE in their name and hope that we can work with them to improve the application to better represent their cultures in the ways that they know fit.
How we built it
- Engineered with GoogleMaps API, ArtiVive API, & Flutter
- Designed with Figma
Challenges we ran into
Time constraints, error with Tensorflow library (hence unable for us to use),
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Shoutout to Mai for building the front-end solo.
- Project Managers completed over 18 pages of research on the first nations cultures of Vancouver: The Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh
- Designer created video demo alongside the figma
What we learned
SO MUCh about indigenous culture
What is HeritEDGE?
HeritEDGE is the first application in Vancouver that uses augmented reality and geolocation to provide users with an immersive experience when visiting Indigenous landmarks across vancouver, in which the traditional methods often fall short of providing a meaningful and engaging experience. No one wants to waste their time viewing static images and dry text descriptions, which is why HeritEDGE solves this problem by using augmented reality to create an interactive experience that brings Indigenous culture justice.
What it does
Using Google Maps & ArtiVive Augmented Reality API, users start with a map, marked with various open-to-public indigenous landmarks. At each landmark, a marked HeritEdge plaque. The user, standing in front of the plaque, Upon visiting the area, users can scan the landmark, and watch animation come to life in augmented reality, depicting the indigenous story that is tied to the landmark.
The HeritEdge experience is inherently visual, however we want everyone to be able to learn about Vancouver’s rich first nations cultures. Hence, the animation is accompanied with subtitles and live audio, for those who are hard-of-hearing or visually impaired respectively.
Everytime a user visits a new location, the location becomes marked in orange. So overtime, the user collects the location, turning the map orange overtime.
What's next for HeritEdge
As the application grows, we hope to add new features to the app, where users will be able to discover Indigenous-owned popups and historically Indigenous business landmarks nearby, providing an even deeper connection to the local Indigenous community. Whether you’re a history buff or just someone who wants to learn more about the culture around you, HeritEDGE is the perfect and ONLY tool to satisfy your curiosity and deepen your understanding of Indigenous culture.