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Architecture through Augmented Reality

October 6, 2009

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Even architecture that’s not there. TechCrunch Europe announced today that Mobilizy, the company from Salzburg that brought us one of the world’s first Augmented Reality browsers, Wikitude, just released a major upgrade that blurs fact and fiction, past and present, based on the idea of creating a virtual memorial in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. and the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. So basically, you’ll point your iPhone to where the towers once were…and abracadabra, there they’ll be, right on your screen. Now you see them, now you don’t.

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Lately we’ve seen quite a few Augmented Reality apps applied to cities, like accrossair’s Nearest Places and Nearest Tube. This summer we heard of MIMOA’s plans to develop their own AR architecture guide, which sounded like very cool stuff indeed. What architecture buff wouldn’t want to have their own portable point-and-shoot architecture guide at their fingertips?

What if we could combine both these ideas? Now that would be sweet:  We could experience in situ the history of our cities–or their future–envisioning the buildings that once were, or will one day be. Architecture time travel. Or is there already an app for that?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. a. mennaert permalink
    October 24, 2009 11:26 am

    Try the app Layar (for iphone 3gs and android) and select the Architecture Guide layer. This is really exciting stuff!

  2. May 28, 2010 11:30 am

    The MIMOA iPhone App was launched today (May 28, 2010). Get the worldwide architecture guide on your iPhone. Discover all modern architecture around you while traveling, or go and explore your own city. The MIMOA iPhone app is now available in the App store:

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