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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Invention of the week: Now, meet then

Augmented reality application for war crimes. Imagine walking through the ruins of Auschwitz, and you find yourself looking mostly at building foundations and fields. Now hold up your phone, or put on your smart specs, and instead of empty streets and fields, you see the camp as it was, in color, filled with people.

Yuck, but it does make the experience more palpable. Since it's an application, you can embody your narrators. Stand in front of a barracks building, and summon a guard to tell you, in your native language, about his job. Now summon a prisoner, and get the actual story.

Of course, this would work for lots of things.  Imagine seeing Bandelier or Mesa Verde through the eyes of an inhabitant.

Experience the stinking, damp, rotting failure of the initial Jamestown colony as you and your fellows die slowly, of starvation and disease.

No need to thank me, I’m just doing my part to make museum-going a vaguely nauseating experience. 

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