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  • Writer's pictureDinaKhalil

Freedoom of the Press | AR App.

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

The Why?

I wanted to tackle the issue of press suppression in an augmented reality application to raise empathy towards journalists and to especially acknowledge the extra struggle, female journalists face. So I thought of creating human silhouettes representing assassinated women journalists telling their stories from the dead. The app is made on Unity using AR foundation, and 3D spatial audio that allows the sound to gradually fade in and out based on how far you are from the character.

fun fact: this is a part of my thesis at NYU's Interactive telecommunications program and will be published soon. Probably before robots take over the world.

What To Expect:

When you first open the app, 3 female silhouette figures will appear in your space and detect whether the user is sitting or standing. The figures will be mimicking the user's state when they first launch the app. For example, if the user is sitting, then the figures would sit next to them. Each one will start telling her story when you point your camera at her for ~40s.

Future Plans:

In the near future, I'll be publishing this app after refining it and adding more stories to it.

In the far future, I'll be adding geo location so these figures would appear where they were assassinated.

Short Demo:

The How?

Software: Unity Engine (AR Foundation, 3D spatial audio and shaders), Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.

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