Augmented Reality iPhone App Released to Honor 9/11 Anniversary
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ahead of the solemn memorials that will commence over the coming days, the app developer world is churning out several iOS applications that honor the memory of lives lost on 9/11 and revisit Ground Zero in New York York on that terrible day ten years ago.
Jake Barton, the lead media designer producer for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, says mobile technologies will allow people to understand and experience what happened ten years in an entirely different way. "The big challenge for us is, how does it allow you to tell a more human story?" Barton tells CNN. "How does it allow you to take 9/11 -- which is such a big event that so many people have personal experiences with -- and create a more authentic narrative, so that people are getting closer to the event itself and feeling like they're actually understanding what really happened on 9/11?"
Barton was one of the driving forces behind Explore 9/11, a new iOS application that taps "augmented reality" for the purpose of allowing visitors at Ground Zero to point their iPhones at the location where the Twin Towers stood to see the area as it appeared on September 11, 2001. "What you're doing essentially is capturing photos from around the area, and it basically overlaps them with the different landscapes around you," he says."You can call up something like 'firemen,' 'smoke,' '9/11' itself or 'the World Trade Center,' and it will capture all of the photographs that are geo-located in this area and allow you to actually overlay them on top of what you're looking at."
The application in question was released just yesterday and is available now at no cost via download (iTunes Link