“Pin your history ot the world” is the slogan of this really robust attempt at immersive augmented reality. The app allows users to submit images and associate them with a specific location, linking physical places with past events for a searchable, world-wide database of place-based photographs, accessible through a place-based browser.
The app offers historical images as transparent layers so you can superimpose a current-day view of the same scene (from your camera or saved images) to highlight contrasts over time. Since the images are crowd-sourced, there is a mish-mash of public and personal histories, and contributions in particular areas are dependant on active pinners.
The maps for the U.K. are particularly rich, and a current projest is looking for Queen’s visits and Jubilee celebrations. Another interesting feature of the browser-based site highlights interesting items from the collections and there are a number of mechanisms for searching by location. Historypin uses Google Maps (including Street View) for geographic data and unified Google sign-in to create an account.
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