A Filipino startup team has created an augmented reality app called EngineAR that functions as a car visualizer, simulator, and training manual. The team, imagine AR, first created the app during a 48-hour software development competition called the #ZenfoneAR: A New Reality Hackathon, held last June 22-23 at Whitespace Manila. Using Google’s Augmented Reality technology called Tango, they built an app that combined the dual themes of engineering and transportation. They won 3rd place.
In its current form, EngineAR can help potential car buyers familiarize themselves with the parts and features of a car. They can customize the color and accessories and visualize variations. Once they’ve bought the car, EngineAR works as an interactive tech-user manual that can assist them in simple tasks such as replacing a tire, changing the battery, and basic troubleshooting.
“EngineAR is a promising start, and we hope to achieve something similar to Tony Stark’s holographic projections when he designs his Iron Man suit,” said Miguel Besas, the team’s Lead Software Engineer.
According to the team, the app is not limited to cars. They intend to use the app for other vehicles such as ships and planes to help the crew understand the parts and how to operate the vehicle. Car engineers, for example, can use the app to demonstrate how the airbag inflates in a collision simulation training. Cabin crews can also use EngineAR to interactively learn how to arm/disarm plane doors.
Their members include Miguel Besas (Lead Sofwtare Engineer), Joel Casimiro (Graphics Lead), Marish Viola (3D Specialist and Hackathon Coach), Astara Besas (3D Specialist), and Abel Besas (Software Engineer).