We came into the VandyHacks2015 just wanting to make our first Android app. We were thinking along the lines of a simple workout app. However, at the opening ceremony the representative from Project Tango, Joseph Banta informed us that there would be Project Tango devices to hack with this weekend and that the greatest use of the device would win the team 5 Project Tango devices. Needless to say, we weren't content with playing it safe anymore. A great idea from ole Jeffy-boy got us hacking away on an app set out to use the translation and rotation values from moving the Project Tango camera to create an interactive Google Street View app that updated your geolocation.
What it does
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We literally didn't sleep until TangoStreetView was done. We kept ourselves artificially awake with copious amounts of red bull and inspiration. We were never fazed by speed bumps--we simply read more documentation until we found what worked for us. We came in here with our handy bubblesort algorithm and a dream and we outdid ourselves in every way possible.
What I learned
We all learned an insane amount this weekend--probably more than we have ever learned in one school project. We had never written code in Java, we had never made an Android app, we had never used Project Tango or Google Maps APIs. But the desire to create and the determination to not be denied helped us grow rapidly in our pursuit of greatness.
What's next for TangoStreetView
We are really excited about the future of TangoStreetView and other Project Tango projects. Our group has talked about pooling our money together for a Project Tango Device if we don't win one this weekend so that we may resume working on such a cool device. Overall, VandyHacks2015 has been an amazing opportunity for us and we are excited to work on more challenging projects at hackathons in the future.