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App Places Twin Towers Back onto Manhattan Skyline

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 07:38 AM

By T.M. Golub

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With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, a planned smartphone application named “110 Stories” places the World Trade Center’s twin towers back onto Manhattan’s skyline, according to The New York Times.
 
A group of designers has raised funds and enlisted Google Creative Labs in developing an app that will let users access the site of where the towers once stood, while a virtual image of the towers is then inserted into the smartphone’s view.
 
Once the view is properly framed, the user may snap a photograph and add a message, both of which will comprise a tribute to the towers and lives lost at the site. For those out of view, a collection of photos will appear. The app will be free, reports the website.
 
Using a technique known as “augmented reality,” whereby digital elements are added to the physical world, the designers are looking to complete the app in time for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And, with the new Freedom Tower rising to the sky, the virtual image of the former towers will be slightly askew, teetering on the skyline.
 
The app is more of a tribute as opposed to a memorial of the destruction on that clear, September morning, designer Brian August said.
 

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