What is 3D Chat?
3D Chat is the hackathon project of G31, also known as Practors Devs (a cool name we gave ourselves to stand out), which consists of Alina de Vries, Robin Starkgraff and Marc Maurer.
„We want to create a 3D chat tool where you are able to talk to the people in close proximity to yourself in order to make digital communication a bit more life-like.“3D Chat
3D Chat is the solution to a problem we regularily encountered during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We felt like we were losing touch to our friends, even though there are many means and ways of communication in this day and age. The existing ways just do not replace the way we met our friends before – face to face, in groups, in rooms. Allowing groups to form small groups of conversation is not possible in a way we imagined it to be. So we made it our duty to replicate the feeling of meeting your friends in person – just digital.
3D Chat Features
3D Chat is more than just your usual voice chat application. 3D Chat supports spatialized voice chat and that character you’re moving through the room – it’s you! A web-cam transmission of your device should be displayed. Let’s compare 3D Chat to competitors:
The Tech Stack
With the 3D Chat project we quickly decided on the technologies used. We used Unity as a framework, C# as the scripting language and photon engine for all things multiplayer. Photon engine is an independent networking engine suitable for Unity. The reason why we used these technologies are listed in the table below.
Below you can see our small business model canvas. Feel free to zoom in!
You can access our prototype version right now! Just download the .zip for your system from the Google Drive below, unzip it and start the application.
- if you do not hear anybody, try restarting the application and adjust your settings before joining the room
- On the windows build, there is an issue that some users are unable to move. If you wish to use the full functionality, please download the unity project and run it in the unity editor.
- On the macbuild, there is an issue that some users are unable to talk or move. If you wish to use the full functionality, please download the unity project and run it in the unity editor.