In Chinese, 记得 (jìdé) means to remember. Thus, we imply remembering life itself.
Losing memory isn't fun for anyone. In the United States, Alzheimer's disease is very common. Statistics show that there are more than 3 million cases per year, and we still have no idea how to cure this disease. However, research shows that exposing patients to photos from the past and famous songs of their age can spark their memory. We are trying to employ virtual reality technology to help people suffering memory loss retrieve back their memory.
What it does
Jide.life is an Oculus Rift VR showcase app for people to immerse in their past memories and to help users improve their personal recollection of the past. jide.life retrieves data from the user's Facebook and Spotify and from past news data to form a collection of a user's memory. When the app runs, it displays the user's photo in the front, plays the user's favorite music of his/her youth on the left, and shows some pieces of past news headlines on the right. Users can click on each of them to switch the content. Sitting inside such an environment, the user will experience a flashback of memory and will be able to recall things from their distant memories.
How we built it
We employed the brand new WebVR framework as the platform of our app and used three.js for awesome 3D modeling. By using mobile technology, we can easily make our app compatible with VR devices including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, etc. Concerning API calls, we did not employ a server for the app, and, rather, made all the API calls run on the client side with Ajax. This practice minimized the cost of the application and gave users more flexibilities.
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We successfully made a well-developed app within a short time with a large range of applications and influence. The emotional and social benefits of the app are beyond people's imagination.
What we learned
We learned how to use three.js and WebVR to make really fantastic 3D models and to entertain the populous.
What's next for Jide Life
We firmly believe that this project is a stepping stone into greater media interaction between the elderly and the current generation. By incorporating elements older folks favor into modern applications, we can accomplish two goals with one achievement. We plan to continue building this project and seeing where it leads!