A new augmented reality app created by Brian August, VP of Business Development at Watchitoo, will allow smartphone users in the city to once again see the pre-9/11 skyline with the Twin Towers in it. For NYC residents living here at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the absence of the skyline has been hard to become accustomed to. As Sarah Kessler for Mashable reports, “August hopes the app will help bring New Yorkers back to their lives before the terrorist attack.”
The app, called 110 Stories, is set to release in September. It features a mobile technology called augmented reality, which uses camera feeds or computer generated images to give an indirect view of a certain area. According to August’s Kickstarter page, the app is 100% free and not for profit, and the production costs will be by donation only. The app also features a crowdsource element in which users can add their personal memories and stories about the towers. Each story will appear as a pin on a large map of the city. In the future, August plans to add a physical element to the app, by installing 110 identical benches around the city in locations where the towers were once visible.
Apps like these show how augmented reality, a relatively new technology, can be used to give a visual of past places, events, and things. They also remind us of the sentimental and emotional values that technology may bring, especially done in a tasteful and respectful manner.
Learn more about this app on Kickstarter.