Scavengar

Scavenger Hunt meets Augmented Reality

Scavengar makes it possible to play and create worldwide scavenger hunts in augmented reality. By combining the familiar concept of a scavenger hunt with powerful technologies like augmented reality, computer vision and machine learning it aims to create a more immersive, more fun and more flexible gameplay for the user and content creators.

Reviews

Alexander Käßner
Oscar Falmer
Timothy R. Brandt
 +5 reviews
  • Pros: 

    Super cool AR implementation

    Cons: 

    need more hunts!

    Love the demo hunt. Lots of opportunity for this!

    David Troup has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Arthur Schiller
Arthur SchillerMakerPro@arthurschiller_
Hello Product Hunt 👋 I'm thrilled to announce the official release of my latest sideproject. The MVP for Scavengar was built for the Product Hunt Global Hackathon that took place last year. I've submitted it to the Augmented Reality Category where it was awarded with the first place. From there on I kept refining the concept, polishing the look and feel while adding a couple new ideas. I wanted to make sure that everyone can not only experience hunts but also create their own content. That's why I integrated a hunt editor that allows you to craft your own hunts, to share them with the world. If there is no hunt available in your city I invite you to try out this feature. Within a hunt you will be able to collect a variety of items, that realistically reflect their surroundings and gather points to win the game. A more sophisticated feature lies in the tasks and riddles you can solve. Powered by computer vision and machine learning, you’ll need to interact more with the “real” world to truly master the enigmas. I.e., finding objects, colors or obstacles within a certain time frame, or answering questions about the memorial which is located in the park nearby. Special thanks go out to Stefan Wirth for hooking me up with the backend and my friends Marc and Alex as well as lots of other people for their support! 😘 Scavengar was built natively in Swift and is powered by ARKit, SceneKit and CoreML. It runs on iOS 11.4 upwards and on iPhone 6S or better. I'm really excited to see want kind of hunts you will create and look forward to your feedback! Happy hunting Arthur
Ivan Kokhno
Ivan Kokhno@mirimesque · Creator & Writer, Co-founder of Giftopix
Hey Arthur, This is AMAZING! I've never really been a fan of AR apps or services, but this concept is on a whole different level. I've just finished the tutorial hunt, and my head is already bursting with ideas on how to use Scavengar in the future. Seriously, it's fabulous! The thing I love the most about it is the possibility to use it as some sort of local guide across cool places in a given city, for example. I mean, it should work, right? I'll definitely try it this weekend and update you on the results. :) Just imagine visiting a new place and joining a hunt across its cultural legacy... Or the best local pubs. Man, I really hope this app gets around the world, it would be a blast!
Arthur Schiller
Arthur SchillerMakerPro@arthurschiller_
@mirimesque Thanks so much Ivan and glad you enjoy it! 😊 Looking forward to hear more about your experience with it! And yes – exactly that was one of the main usecases I had in mind when developing Scavengar. In the long run I imagine it as kind of a tool where people can share nice walks or anecdotes around places they like (with a personal touch added on top) or guided tours along interesting places, historic sights, and so on… I'm also working on removing some of the friction from the initial localization process. The app will then be able to automatically figure out you real world position with enough precision so you can dive straight in to the hunting.
Dmitri Brereton
Dmitri Brereton@dkb868 · learning
Looks like a great product! Wish I could try it out but I'm on Android 😞. Is there any hope for AR for non-iphone users? (although there's probably like 5 of us).
Arthur Schiller
Arthur SchillerMakerPro@arthurschiller_
@dbrereton As I've mainly worked on Scavengar by myself and in my sparetime I didn't have the capacity yet to work on an Android Version as well. I would love to provide one but of course there would need to be enough request. For the moment I'm really sorry. Maybe you can try it out on a friends phone? I purposely didn't use something like Unity for the development as I wanted provide a really smooth feeling, native iOS UI experience.
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Very Pokemon Go-like. How are you creating these hunts and placing items around the world, @arthurschiller_? Also any plans to host scavenger hunts with bounties (perhaps similar to HQ)?
Arthur Schiller
Arthur SchillerMakerPro@arthurschiller_
@rrhoover Thanks for the comment Ryan! The app includes a hunt editor that lets everyone create their own hunt and share it with the world. You can discover those hunts on the map. I‘m also working on having hunts place on hotspots around the world. That idea with hosted hunts is actually really great! Currently I’m missing the infrastructure and network to pull that off by myself but would definitely be open for that. If any company is interested in partnering in that regard please contact me!
Dmitry Shapiro
Dmitry Shapiro@dmitry_shapiro · CEO of GoMeta (Metaverse)
@rrhoover @arthurschiller_ Great implementation! Let's chat about how we may be able to integrate it with Metaverse Studio - http://studio.gometa.io
Dmitry Shapiro
Dmitry Shapiro@dmitry_shapiro · CEO of GoMeta (Metaverse)
@rrhoover @arthurschiller_ Scavenger hunts with bounties are awesome - http://www.cbs8.com/clip/1277214...
Babken Karapetyan
Babken Karapetyan@babken_karapetyan · Innovation is a Memetic Evolution
Looks cool.