bROADWAY: notes for a citywide AR experience

  • The recent release of citywide 3D mapping technologies allows AR objects to be placed permanently and accurately. Two companies to watch : Scape and 6D.Ai.

With an established background in visual arts, music, the performing arts and AR, I have been waiting for the opportunity to create very large scale AR artworks. Years ago I developed plans for an AR sound artwork for Singapore's Tiong Bahru, an estate composed of historic Art Deco buildings. In 2018, in Shenzhen, a citywide light show rekindled my interest in large scale AR projects.

https://youtu.be/aKbs1beYAJQ

This year, while preparing for a presentation in Detroit, another idea: an Augmented Reality project to be viewed, and experienced, from inside Autonomous Vehicles; bROADWAY

Although the ideas of bROADWAY could work in any city, Detroit is associated with the automobile industry, including AV. Detroit is the home of legends like Motown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Jacksons, Detroit techno (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May +), Bob Seger, Jack White, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. These points, plus distinguished architecture and public spaces, mean there could be no better city for the world’s first AR+AV citywide experience!

AVs as performers!

If anyone in Detroit knows how to make this project happen, please get in touch.

(And, as AVs are becoming more common worldwide, the idea could happen anywhere.)

This post provides more information on AR +AV. The notes about bROADWAY begin with slide 29.


An autonomous vehicle in Detroit, by May.
Detroit!

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