VandyHacks VI was the perfect venue to build a hardware-powered hack that brings arts and culture to the 21st century. In a time of increasing privatization of artistic masterpieces, we wanted to preserve and celebrate art using the tech afforded to us today. For us, this meant designing a virtual reality experience.
What it does
Immerses the user into a procedurally generated enclosure of artistic pieces renown through history.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
The image scraping process was certainly the most trying. There are very few public and fetchable art libraries, and most have low request limits. We opted to store the works ourselves to minimize the chances of technical error.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We pride ourselves on getting all devices, servers, and interfaces to communicate well with each other.
What we learned
What's next for Virtual Reality Art Gallery
A more diverse array of art in addition to an informational blurb for each display in the gallery. Additionally, we would design a museum-like virtual world, in lieu of the enclosure for the art to be housed in.