As a result of COVID-19, the CDC recommends avoiding travel, so everyone has been stuck at home. However, traveling is a fun experience that transports you to another world, one we really miss. Hence, the idea came to create a simple, free way to virtually travel.
What it does
The VTour website will provide a new way for users to feel like they’re traveling around the world from their own home. The user will log into our website and type in their desired travel destination into the search bar. Then, the website will present them with information on a famous monument and a QR code to scan. The QR code that will allow them to see a 3D model of the landmark through their device.
How we built it
We used Figma to create the working prototype and design of our website, and then we used echoAR to build 3D models of popular landmarks around the world.
Challenges we ran into
Our team was full of beginners and people who weren't too familiar with coding, so it was a challenge figuring out how to actually create the website and make its user interface look good. We eventually settled on using Figma to prototype the website, but there was definitely a learning curve with figuring out how to use it.
We also weren’t familiar with how to implement augmented reality, but with the help of echoAR, we were able to build a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower and provide a way for our users to see it.
What we learned
We learned how to design and prototype a website using Figma. Then, we learned how to use echoAR to build virtual 3D models and became more familiar with AR and VR technology. We also built up our teamwork and communication skills through working on the project.
What's next for VTour
We created a prototype for the website through Figma, but we want to make VTour into a working website soon using repl.it. We also want to add more countries to virtually visit and create more 3D models for popular landmarks.