While many chat apps provide great functionality, many come up short when physical distance is an important factor in char participants. Therefore, there is a special niche of geolocation-based chat rooms that could be filled.
What it does
Pinchat is a chat service, which operates off of geolocation. Users are able to create chat rooms that are tied to GPS coordinates, which are viewable on a map. Users who are in close enough physical proximity may then join these rooms, and chat with others in the area. Pinchat also offers a heatmap visualization of real time message activity.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Creating a robust schema for both the front and back end to communicate over the web socket layer proved to be a considerable challenge.
What's next for Pinchat
- UI overhaul
- User token storage, so users may leave a room and come back later
- Add the chat's history in during join, so a user can view the full chat history
- Add image attachments
- Add read reciepts
- Add admin controls to chat rooms