We wanted our product to incorporate the theme of TigerHacks 2020 as well as an API found on the Google Cloud Platform. After we discovered the Google Maps API we came up with MapMonkey as a way to connect users to a great adventure.
What it does
MapMonkey is a web application that allows users to travel across the globe in seconds. Users can explore our global map and even look at satellite imagery or terrain data. Using a 360° interactive panoramic street view, users can explore locations as if they are truly there. Once users have decided on certain locations to explore, they can continue on to look at the highlight photos and locations we have compiled for each of the six continents.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We had some issues connecting the domain name to Repl.it because it was taking a long time to link/unlink it to certain Repl.its. We had to update our domain name from breaktime.online to mapmonkey.tech to reflect our product’s name which evolved over time. We had to work past certain size and formatting issues with the HTML and CSS, with margins extending and certain images taking up too much space on the screen
Accomplishments that we’re proud of
We are proud of the CSS code that it took to expand the photo cards on hover, as it makes our site look very elegant and polished. Getting the Google Maps API to work was important as our product revolves around the ability to explore and visualize the world. The spinning globe animation and the background were things that we created ourselves.
What we learned
What's next for MapMonkey
Here are some potential next steps: Creating an assessment that picks a travel destination based on the user’s hobbies Writing a blurb to go along with each continent Creating a linked list/database/collection that stores all of the user’s hobbies Have the maps API pinpoint the specific location that the user specifies