August 14, 2019 – ReplayAR, Inc. has today unveiled its free Augmented Reality app, which is now available for download on the App Store for iOS devices. The ReplayAR app allows users to permanently freeze their visual memories where they take place so that they can revisit the same location at a later date and see that moment from their past overlaid on top of the present-day setting where the photograph was taken.
“Our patented technology allows you to geocache your memories and see personal experiences projected on the locations where they actually happened,” explained inventor and founder, Jay Huddy. “Finding these AR photos in the real world is basically a combination of Instagram and Pokémon GO, but beyond that, the AR you create today can also be seen by future generations and provides a lasting way of saying: We were here.”
“Imagine going to a place you visited long ago and seeing it exactly as it was, with all your friends and loved ones still there, just as you remember them. That’s a powerful thing,” said CMO Brandon Martin, who believes the impact of ReplayAR will be far-reaching. “The long-term applications for ReplayAR’s imaging tech and data collection are massive, ranging from historic preservation and architectural restoration to tourism, education, humanities, marketing, forensics, and even military intelligence.”
“ReplayAR is an open time capsule that’s all around us at all times,” said Keith McCullough, ReplayAR CTO and VP of WorkinMan Interactive, which partnered with ReplayAR to develop the app. “Personally what captured my imagination was the idea of being able to see projections of our daughter growing up in our house and having those moments frozen there for us to see whenever we wanted. It sounds a little like an episode of Black Mirror, but hopefully one with a happy ending!”
The app is still in its experimental stages, but the company is working to expand the app into a global AR social networking platform. However, before this happens, Huddy stated that he wants to share the single-user version with everyday people to get feedback and see how they’ll use the technology in unique ways.
“We want to see what ReplayAR reveals about the human condition, how it can move us emotionally or maybe even be used as a positive tool for activism,” Huddy commented. “We still don’t know the full range of what this is yet or how it’s effect will ripple through industries.”
ReplayAR is now offering users cash prizes of up to USD $500 for sharing the most creative ways they can use the app. Users are encouraged to take videos of their AR experiences with the in-app camera and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #ReplayAR.
Video credit: ReplayAR/YouTube
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