Working may sound like a boring or stressful thing to many people. With a monotonous working environment, it is hard for people to work efficiently and happily. However, AR glasses may bring changes to it. We believe every person deserves an ideal working space, and this may in turn boost the working experience and efficiency. Through UP IN THE AIR, we are aiming to reshape the working experience, we draw inspiration from what future generation, what type of mood they’re looking for during their working time,making them feel like in a livehouse in the clouds.

What it does

The app turn your daily working space into a pleasing fantasy-style environment. In addition, it establishes a connection between the laptop and AR glasses to provide a collaborative working flow across devices.

How we built it

There are three parts to our application: back-end service that communicates between AR glasses and laptop, front-end unity application that defines all interactions, and 3D art that creates beautiful visual and audio effects. We built the three parts using an iterative approach. First, we built a roughly working framework of back-end service, a simple unity application that could run basic snapdragon space sdk functions, and a coarse 3D scene. Then, with a more detailed discussion, we built on top of our first version, and started to make more improvements. Step by step, we ended up with an appealing application that successfully conveyed our idea.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into a lot of challenges when building our application. First problem we met was with the AR glasses, which had a very narrow FOV and different rendering pipeline. Many materials and effects we built were rendered differently under the hardware’s environment, making it difficult for us to know exactly if a particular design would work well for our AR glasses. Second difficulty we encountered was the unexpected system update from the provider of the AR SDK. The unexpected update was a surprise to everyone among all hackers using the snapdragon SDK. Finally, the communication between AR glasses and laptop was not easy to achieve. We had to build a robust back-end server to ensure a stable and efficient communication.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are very proud of several achievements we made during the hackathon. First of all, we successfully built a runnable application that could re-shape users’ workspace environment. With our technology, people would be able to bring personalized working environments to their everyday lives and emerge themselves in the pleasing working environment with rich visual and audio effects. We hope this would change the way people perceive working environments. Secondly, we are very proud of being able to explore a collaborative working flow using AR glasses and laptops. As we managed to build a connection between laptop and AR glass, we benefited from the advantages of both AR and laptop. In our design, people will be able to use laptop to complete the majority of work, but in a more focused and efficient way supported by AR spatial content. For example, we adopted ambient design and enabled a notification center in AR space to help people stay focused and save the valuable laptop screen space.

What's next for Up in the Air

First, we are planning to have more themes and functions for users to choose. Second, we think it would be nice to provide an editor for users to fully customize their environment with their favorite images and models. Third, we plan to implement a more realistic 3D audio effect that will colorize our environments.

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