Holographic figures to guide visitors around York

York Press: Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, with one of the smartphone holograms at the Multangular Tower, in the Museum Gardens Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council, with one of the smartphone holograms at the Multangular Tower, in the Museum Gardens

SMARTPHONE users will see 1,000 years of York’s history in a new light using technology which conjures up amazing 3D holograms of its past citizens.

Eye-popping recreations of famous figures such as railway king George Hudson are among those emerging from buildings to guide visitors around.

Apple iPhone users were the first to enjoy the app – which is now being rolled out to the Android smartphones.

The York Hologram Tour app is said to be the only city-based tour in the world to use hologram guides which appear to pop out of city buildings.

Other iconic faces include Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin’s hangman, and Richard III’s valet gasping out the news of his master’s death on the field at Bosworth.

York council leader James Alexander said: “With thousands of downloads already made of the app, we’re really pleased to launch this Android version.

“Now even more people can use locally sourced technology, plus our expanding free city centre wi-fi, to see our amazing city in a whole new, high-tech light.”

York-based digital experts Appeartome developed a technique called UltraReality to recognise locations and trigger holograms.

MD Chris Knight said the holograms –anchored to the spot as though they are there with you –appear directly on the phone’s screen.

He added: “Once they’ve completed their performance, they can be photographed alongside visitors, and the shots online at the touch of a button.”

The new app, free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play, is being launched with a competition to win a HUDL tablet.

For the complete experience of 21 holograms, users pay £1.49.

The free version also includes information about the city’s top attractions and dining options.

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9:59am Sat 17 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

The digital disruptive bandwagon rolls mercilessly on....

Tech innovation addressing the inequality agenda in a socially sharing context......

'Everybody will share everything, equally, eventually'

Bless!
The digital disruptive bandwagon rolls mercilessly on.... Tech innovation addressing the inequality agenda in a socially sharing context...... 'Everybody will share everything, equally, eventually' Bless! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -34

10:09am Sat 17 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

"“Now even more people can use locally sourced technology, plus our expanding free city centre wi-fi, to see our amazing city in a whole new, high-tech light.”


Yes, that's the idea folks.....

More and more of us will be 'wired' to York Council's own 'Ministry of Truth' (MiniTrue).

Thoughtcrime will not be tolerated!
[quote] "“Now even more people can use locally sourced technology, plus our expanding free city centre wi-fi, to see our amazing city in a whole new, high-tech light.” [/quote] Yes, that's the idea folks..... More and more of us will be 'wired' to York Council's own 'Ministry of Truth' (MiniTrue). Thoughtcrime will not be tolerated! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -43

10:36am Sat 17 May 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

Another tourist gimmick from James Alexander and his cohorts!
All one sees in the City are tourists , eyes down, focused on their mobile phone screens , increasingly unaware of the realities around them.Groups following their " guides" ,seldom if ever stopping to really appreciate their surroundings.Much of York's history is recorded in the detail , often above the eye-line, but how many bother to look up and see?
If these holographic visitations encourage visitors to find out more and maybe interact with real people fine, then they might appreciate the bigger picture, a thousand years of history easily accessible on foot.and all around them.
What York needs better street names & signing at eye level, maybe thematic maps to help them negotiate the ancient sites, better provision for those with disabilities, and helpful citizens willing to direct and advise them.
What York doesnt need are commercial touts selling cheap and nasty mags. or beggars at every corner!
I must admit that a holographic vision of "Our Leader" popping up as one passes West Offices might bring a smile.
Another tourist gimmick from James Alexander and his cohorts! All one sees in the City are tourists , eyes down, focused on their mobile phone screens , increasingly unaware of the realities around them.Groups following their " guides" ,seldom if ever stopping to really appreciate their surroundings.Much of York's history is recorded in the detail , often above the eye-line, but how many bother to look up and see? If these holographic visitations encourage visitors to find out more and maybe interact with real people fine, then they might appreciate the bigger picture, a thousand years of history easily accessible on foot.and all around them. What York needs better street names & signing at eye level, maybe thematic maps to help them negotiate the ancient sites, better provision for those with disabilities, and helpful citizens willing to direct and advise them. What York doesnt need are commercial touts selling cheap and nasty mags. or beggars at every corner! I must admit that a holographic vision of "Our Leader" popping up as one passes West Offices might bring a smile. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 4

10:40am Sat 17 May 14

Paul Hepworth says...

Mght be useful to include a warning message not to step off footpaths withiout looking, if using the app.
Mght be useful to include a warning message not to step off footpaths withiout looking, if using the app. Paul Hepworth
  • Score: -4

11:01am Sat 17 May 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Great idea...
Great idea... Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 3

12:07pm Sat 17 May 14

Meirion M says...

Alexander sporting a beard!
He must be trying to change his image.
Too late!
We all know him as a muppet!
Alexander sporting a beard! He must be trying to change his image. Too late! We all know him as a muppet! Meirion M
  • Score: -43

1:10pm Sat 17 May 14

urm_name says...

Didn't this appear in the Press a year ago?
Didn't this appear in the Press a year ago? urm_name
  • Score: 5

10:42pm Sun 18 May 14

eeoodares says...

Who has paid for this stuff to be developed?
Who has paid for this stuff to be developed? eeoodares
  • Score: 2

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