Sometime back I participated in a hackathon and the theme was how to improve the shopping experiences. The first thing which came into my mind was people are skeptical to buy few products online due to the limitations of trial. People always want to try stuffs like apparels, accessories, eye glasses, hair color, jewelry, beauty products and the list is big. E-commerce has already emerged and companies are selling online, but I always find this huge gap of e-trials. So this with idea in mind, I came up with a solution - An e-trial enabled Augmented Reality Shopping App.
The idea was enabling live e-trial with the help of camera and Augmenting self to try products virtually and live rather than through image upload mechanism.
From pitching to designing and Prototyping to demonstrating, it was a total fun. Process was pretty straight forward and I first came up with the problem statement and what I was trying to achieve.
The competition was high with almost 300 participants and I was nervous about making it to next level. Every team had at least one partner, but I had no one to form a team, so I was a single army team which added to my nervousness. With some hope I pitched my design solution and to my surprise I was among the 50 shortlisted teams.
The next step was to prototype and I was given 24 hours to design and prototype a high fidelity working application. I first created some initial wireframe to layout the structure and interaction of my app
Then I created few initial screen designs
Then using JQuery Mobile I created the prototype and recorded the video of the same.
I was very excited to present it to the judges, who were equally excited to see this live e-trial solution and this idea won the people’s choice award.
More screens and details can be found in my behance portfolio - http://www.behance.net/gallery/Augmented-Reality-Based-Shopping-App/9686311