The internet is providing an ever increasing capability to connect with interesting people all over the world. Unfortunately, many of the current solutions (e.g. Omegle, Chatroulette) run antiquated Flash platforms with little accountability for the actions of their users. This lack of accountability provides for rampant harassment throughout these online communities. Strangr allows for the positive aspects of connecting with the world through the internet while mitigating the risks of an accountability-free environment.
What it does
Strangr randomly connects two people from anywhere in the world via a peer-to-peer video-based chat, but with a revolutionary twist – they must log in to the service using their Facebook account, which relays their first name to the other user. Adding just someone's first name as compared to anonymity has seen to add responsibility to services such as Tinder and customer support agencies throughout the world.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
None of us began this project with confidence in our ability to create a functional product with internet technologies. Yet, we finished with a working base that is both fun and available for future improvements.
What we learned
Using services such as the Facebook APIs and WebRTC, we gained a greater understanding of how to use APIs and open source projects to accelerate and improve development.
What's next for Strangr
Strangr's use of the Facebook API allows for a variety of meaningful matching between users. For example, they can be matched with other users based on mutual friends, likes, locations, etc. Furthermore, the Strangr platform is inherently flexible due to the multiplatorm nature of WebRTC, allowing for simple extension to mobile platforms (note that the current version already runs on compatible Android devices). A modern, accountable, and diverse video chatting platform of this type could change the way the world connects.
Note: approval as a tester for the Facebook component of the app is required for the full experience seen in the video demo. Contact us to be added as a tester.