A Los Angeles tech startup is using augmented reality to pay tribute to the magnificent Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood as the ArcLight Cinemas, and Pacific Theatres announced to shut their doors permanently.
The developers of ReplayAR released an augmented reality video highlighting the renowned venue. They projected old photographs from the past onto the real-life Cinerama Dome of today. A free AR photo app that lets smartphone users “freeze time” and instantly turns their digital photographs into locational augmented reality memories was used to film the video.
“ReplayAR explores visual context at the intersection of where and when,” said inventor and company co-founder Jay Huddy. “We felt AR could shine a light on the colorful past of this historic landmark and remind us of the role cinematic institutions like ArcLight Cinemas and the Cinerama Dome have played in shaping Los Angeles.”
The project is a special edition of the series “AR Time Capsule”. ReplayAR’s patented AR technology that enables users to explore the hidden history surrounding us in everyday life was used to create this series. It has previously featured AR history tours for numerous events like the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Herald Square, and the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
The company will soon release the augmented reality history tour of greater Los Angeles, highlighting several memorable moments from LA’s past.
The augmented reality technology startup was founded in Burbank and is actively working with its partners to utilize the full potential of its technology for connecting its users through a global real-world AR social network.
“Seeing AR photos of my son growing up in our home is a timeless experience,” said ReplayAR co-founder Brandon Martin, “It’s not just for historical events. It’s also a great way to capture and replay personal memories right at home where they happen, like your own virtual scrapbook.”
The entire “AR Time Capsule” series, including the Cinerama Dome’s historical exploration, can be found on the company’s YouTube channel and the website. The ReplayAR augmented reality app is also available for free on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
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