Four Seasons Maldives approached us with a specific objective for this project: to create an interactive way to showcase the magnificent and majestic creatures— Manta Rays. In response, we developed an Augmented Reality-based app that allows users to experience each step of the Manta's lifecycle.
Four Seasons Maldives is one of the leading luxury resorts located in the Maldives. They have a partnership with Manta Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Manta Rays and their habitats. This project was one of the many efforts both teams put in together towards raising awareness and promoting sustainable practices to protect the rich marine biodiversity.
We began with research. A lot of research. To create the lifecycle of Mantas, we needed to know everything about them from A to Z. So we swam with them, read about them, & watched a lot of videos. The 3D models are carefully designed to be easy on the eyes with a color palette that creates a serene atmosphere. To enhance the realism, we even customized 3D brush patterns for the corals!
In order to ensure a cohesive experience, we made sure that everything in the app complemented each other, including the music. To achieve this, we composed a soothing and calming soundtrack which aided in blending the audio and visual elements together.
We also put a ton of effort into branding the app and making sure it had a user-friendly UI/UX. This project has been one of our favorites to date, as it allowed all departments of the design team to collaborate and create this amazing AR app!