DEMI startup – developers of GagarinPark mobile application

01.11.2019

For half a year, they have implemented two projects: GagarinPark mobile application and virtual lesson about meteorites for the renovated Dnipropetrovsk Planetarium. 

The idea for the startup belongs to Vlad – a second-year student of Electronics and Computer Systems Faculty of Dnipro National University. Once his friend shared an idea of creating a training space for the company’s employees. Although, the implementation of her idea required, firstly, large space, and secondly, costly equipment. Then Vlad suggested replacing the real space by the virtual one. This is where DEMI startup path began.

Vlad tells about the first stages of work on the project, "Initially, I did everything alone, but very quickly I realized that I need either to clone myself, or all this will take ages."

Having found that he lacks resources for the implementation of the idea, Vlad came to Noosphere Engineering School. After having heard the idea, the Director of Dnipropetrovsk location of Engineering School Tatyana Bulanaya suggested creating virtual lessons not only for individual commercial structures, but also for institute of education as a whole, for example, for DNU and Noosphere Engineering School.

Vlad has always been fascinated by space. Therefore, he decided to conduct the first lesson on astronomy.

The project built a team pretty soon. Tatyana Bulanaya brought the Programmers Vladislav and Valeriy as well as Georgiy who is a Backend Developer. At this time, 3D Designer Igor was on practice at Noosphere Engineering School and, having become interested in the project, decided to join it. Konstantin, who is an Interface Designer for Planetarium purposes, has already been a student of Noosphere Engineering School and just joined the activities of the project. Vlad has found one more 3D Modelling Designer for the team. The last person who joined the team was Anya – a second-year student of the Faculty of Economics, who undertook responsibilities of Product and Project Manager.

Together guys created demo-lesson and decided to offer it for the renovated Planetarium. The representatives of Planetarium really liked the virtual lesson about meteorites, which, apart from the lecture about their types and composition, also included visual demonstration of the meteorite that crashed in the Chelyabinsk region. That is how the team got their first real-life order. 

Unfortunately, the idea of remote virtual education has faced a barrier. The education should be as affordable as possible, and the virtual watches are not cheap. As for smartphone – everybody has it, therefore, the team decided to simplify the idea and start working with the technology of virtual reality.

Vlad says, “The study of the market revealed that, despite the technology of virtual reality has existed for several years now, it is still in its infancy, and we have very few specific examples of its application, although its capabilities are almost unlimited. Now, the technology is used rather for entertainment, but the world expert in this and the related fields speak of the new way of human thinking using virtual reality. That does why DEMI team picked up the global trend and helps mankind enter the new age using an augmented reality.”

The shift to the augmented reality changed the concept of the project. Instead of the full-fledged virtual lessons, the team will create the guidelines with QR codes, which will turn the flat picture of complex mechanism or physical process into 3D model with full description. The detailed visualization will allow faster understanding of the principle of operation of one or another process or mechanism. 

Mikhail Ryabokon, Head of “Association Noosphere”, Co-founder of Noosphere Engineering School, attended a pitching within the framework of DemoDay. He became interested in the augmented reality project. Thus, DEMI team received their second order – to develop mobile application for the Gagarin Park that was under renovation.

The opening of Gagarin Park took place on September 12. Now, having visited the park and downloaded the mobile application GagarinPark, the visitors will receive a set if virtual masks for selfie and will be able to see how the park will look upon completion of renovation, and will have an opportunity to play games.

In future, the team is going to create the second virtual lesson for Planetarium, to further advance Gagarin Park and to develop a virtual tour of Dnepr.