Stay positive and mentally well during situations like pandemics with this virtual travel app. Easily accessible with Google Cardboard set.
The purpose of this project is to help users stay positive and mentally well during situations like pandemics. It aims to achieve this using VR technology which has the power to virtually teleport the users to beautiful places they cannot physically visit right now. The user research conducted highlighted the need for an app that fulfils curiosity, entertains and foremost helps to switch off the mind. Most of the users found this app concept appealing even in normal circumstances, as a tool to learn more about specific destination and plan their next trip. The competitive analysis showed a number of areas within the existing VR apps which are currently overlooked and this affects negatively the user experience. As a result users are not enjoying the VR to its full potential. Further discussions with VR experts revealed that virtual reality is currently like the 'Wild West", with each VR company trying to outperform each other on the type and number of features, forgetting to focus on users' needs itself. This app aims to put users needs first by backing up each feature with thorough user research and usability testing.
What is the need are you focusing on?
We can no longer physically travel, and most likely there will be limitation/ changes to the way we travel in the near future. This is expected to make travelling more expensive and therefore less accessible. The app concept is by no means a substitution of the physical experience of travelling but can serve as a temporary solution for those unable to travel for various reasons (e.g the place we used to travel became dangerous, we are in lock down, elderly users). User research demonstrated also an interest in using VR travel as a tool to prepare itinerary for the actual trip, and learning about the desired destination. Some users also indicated the need to go back in time to the places they have visited in the past (this can be a very powerful tool to evoke positive memories which have a good impact on users' well being). The app aims to inspire the users, spark their curiosity, and let them discover new places and/ or bring back memories of a place they have visited in the past.