Augmented reality autocue




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Published on Aug 30, 2016

Wherever we go, we stare at the screens of our smartphones. We're immersed in our personalised universes, which are invisible to people nearby. Being the driver of a car full of passengers, the feeling of being excluded from the world that really matters, is even more sad, because there's no escape, no screen to dive into. You need to keep watching the road. If you're the lucky owner of a pair of Google Glass (and not having the Google self driving car yet) then the "Autocue" app is what you, and your fellow passengers, need. It solves a practical problem, but it also disrupts the social situation in the car. No more smartphone staring in isolation, but lively dialogues instead. The multi-user autocue instructs each passenger to speak out lines from classic movie scenes staged inside cars. Instructions appear in sync across the smartphones and the Google Glass. A centralised system plays the scenes as an infinite loop, so you can enter any car in the world and join the conversation. If there's two people in the front seat of the car already, choose the back seat and click to contribute a matching soundtrack.

The Autocue app is a creation by AR expert Sander Veenhof and designer Victor de Vries. With their playfull hands-on research into the future of the digitally empowered human, they hope to inspire audiences and creators to look beyond the obvious, logical and functional use-cases. The fact that we live in a semi-digital world, does not mean we have to live with a digital mindset, judging everything by the amount of megapixels and its usefullness. In their projects they connect people through hardware and software, but without losing the human touch. By making use of the hardware in everyone's pocket they turn any location in the world into a miniature stage for immersive experiences. Obviously, AR is their preferred way to bring people together in space and time.


Launched April 11th at Autonië #5 in the Binckhorst, The Hague


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