The Visible City
The Visible City is free to download and is available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play. It allows users to discover the rise, fall and revival of neon in Vancouver. The app provides walking tours of Vancouver’s most colorful neighborhoods and users can actively contribute to the history of 57 of Vancouver’s neon signs by uploading their own stories, sharing them with others and voting on their favorite signs and places.
By launching the app, the MOV becomes the first cultural institution in North America to have developed an app that makes use of augmented reality technology.
How Does it Work?
Users can explore two digitally guided walking tours through Vancouver’s cultural heart (Granville Street) and the city’s original downtown hub (Chinatown and Hastings Street). By holding their cameras up to the present day scene, they can see the same Vancouver location appear as it did in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Users can then listen to over 40 pre-curated stories on audio and video told by celebrated Vancouverites like Dal Richards (big band musician), Joe Keithley (of DOA), Judy Graves (City of Vancouver advocate for the homeless) and more.
Vancouver Gadgets will be in attendance at the launch as we are looking forward to the presentation and trying out the new app. Stay tuned for more information about the event on our weekly podcast.