We were inspired by the concerns of shopkeepers and customers when it comes to keeping social distance and remaining safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
What it does
The SafeShoppingApp allows customers to sign-in to their account, and remembers their information the next time they sign-in. It then gives updated information from the store on how many customers are there, how long it will take for their order to be ready, and if it's safe to go to the store. This will give customers the information needed to determine the best and safest time to pick up their shopping orders from the store.
How we built it
We first planned out the different features we would want in our app, and then brainstormed how we want to format the overall app. We chose to use MIT App Inventor to create our SafeShoppingApp, and spent some time watching and looking at tutorials to learn how to use MIT App Inventor. Once we felt sufficiently confident in out abilities with MIT App Inventor, we started laying out and coding the App. We also spent time designing the app, and images to be used in the app.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into challenges when creating the database for the app, because we hadn't had much experience doing this before, and we were unsure of how to utilize the database to its full potential for our app. To overcome this challenge, we watched videos of other people using a database for their projects, and referred to information from the MIT App Inventor website itself.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Since we're all fairly new to coding, we're proud of having been able to come up with a project idea and create a prototype for it.
What we learned
We learned how to coordinate and work together as a team, and how to plan and carry out an app idea using coding and design skills. We also learned the importance of communication when working on a team, so that everyone is on the same page and we can come up with the best ideas possible.
What's next for SafeShoppingApp
We hope to continue working on the SafeShoppingApp, and to make it even more user-friendly and accessible to shoppers.