April 16, 2024

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PULAU PINANG, 14th Jan. – An Electrical-Mechatronics Engineering Year 4 student from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Hoh Chew Wen has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation by leading Team ARchitects to a remarkable 1st Runner-Up victory at the “Augmented Reality Competition: Shaping Your AR Realm” organized by Penang Youth Development Corporation (PYDC).

Chew Wen, alongside teammates Nandaprian Rajasekaran, Irfan Ghapar, and Cheng Xiang Wen from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), showcased their groundbreaking project, Tour Inn, a cutting-edge stay-booking platform leveraging augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies for a seamless user experience.

First row from the bottom, starting from the left is Hoh Chew Wen from UTM, followed by Irfan Ghapar, Nandaprian and Cheng Xiang Wen from UPM

Their innovative solution, Tour Inn integrates various accommodations, including hotels, Airbnb, and rental units, into a single, user-friendly platform, eliminating the hassle of switching between multiple apps. To empower users’ unit searching journey, Tour Inn also provides the feature of unit review with AR & VR to replace conventional 2D images. With AR 3D view and VR view of the property unit, users get to enhance their unit searching experience and get 100% transparency of the unit. With a vision for transparency and immersion, Team ARchitects captured the judges’ attention and earned recognition for their exceptional work.

Tour Inn’s Pitching Stage

Despite her packed final year schedule due to her final year project and capstone project, Chew Wen’s leadership and determination propelled the team forward, culminating in a successful pitch at Bayview Georgetown Hotel in Penang on 14 January 2024. Her ability to engage the audience and deliver a compelling presentation earned praise from both judges and attendees.

The team’s efforts were rewarded with the 1st Runner-Up award, including cash prizes of RM2,200, a trophy, a pair of Augmented Reality AM smart glasses worth RM10,000 by Pacific Future, and 1-year subscription on Mitoworld Platform by Virtualtech Frontier worth RM5,000, highlighting their talent and potential in the digital realm.

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Hoh Chew Wen from UTM as Team Leader

Chew Wen expressed gratitude to her team for their trust, hard work and support, emphasizing the invaluable experience gained from leading Team ARchitects to success. This achievement underscores UTM’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering innovation, setting the stage for future triumphs in the field of technology and beyond.

For more information about Tour Inn and Team ARchitects’ journey, visit the links below:

  1. PYDC Website
  2. Tour Inn Introductory Video
  3. PYDC Facebook Post
  4. Guang Ming Daily Media Coverage
  5. Buletin Mutiara Media Coverage


Group photo with other winners
Group photo with the audience

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