It’s hard to believe that it was 10 years ago today that the biggest terrorist attack on the United States of America took place. The tragedy of 9/11 was felt throughout the country then and continues to be felt today. It was a day that easily goes down in history as a day all Americans will remember.
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There have been numerous attempts made to remember both the fallen and the Twin Towers, and one of the latest attempts involves technology. Brian August and a team of developers built a mobile app that uses augmented reality to put the World Trade Center back into the New York City skyline. As a lifelong New Yorker, he told us that he felt a huge void after the Towers were destroyed.
“After they were gone, I found myself longing for those views that didn’t exist anymore,” he said.
He assumed that others felt the same way and began to think about what he could do. He said that the idea came to him a long time ago, but that the technology didn’t exist to make it happen. However, with smartphones and social media now on the scene, he knew his dream could become reality.
He began working with a team of developers from doPanic and also with Kickstarter. Through Kickstarter, they were able to raise $27,809 in just 30 days to help fund the project. From there, an app called “110 Stories” began to form.
The app helps users orient their phones to help them find the former site of the Twin Towers. It then, through the augmented reality capabilities, creates an “extremely accurate” outline of the buildings and takes a picture. Users can then submit a story about the Towers, the fallen, or the tragedy and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.
August believes that numerous people have stories to tell, and he wanted to provide a means for them to share it.
“If you spend any time in the city, you have some kind of memory that involves the Towers,” he said. “Maybe you’ve forgotten that memory and maybe when you see the Towers rendered in the app from the place you were standing, suddenly a flood of memories comes back to you.”
All the stories are also compiled on the 110 Stories website and placed on an interactive map. Although, at this point, the augmented reality portion of the app, just works for users within a 40 mile radius of the Towers, August told us that all the users could view the stories on their site. He also said that they hoped to extend the augmented reality portion to all users eventually.
The app is currently available on both the iOS and Android platforms.