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Stroll through a movie on Beacon Hill

December 21, 2009

“Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill,” is a free iPhone app that guides you through the scenery, conflicts, and artifacts of an historical film set in Boston. It’s not a game; it’s a novel way to experience a story.

Untravel Media of Boston developed the application based on a true story from the mid-1800s. Location-based videos follow a mile-long real-world path through morality board games, pop-up books and other artifacts. To learn more, visit the website, view the video podcast, or read the press kit.

A writeup in the Boston Globe notes that this app is an example of augmented reality, and Unravel Media is working on other AR projects. “Blue Impact” is a mobile guide for the New England Aquarium that will use video as an overlay to exhibits about climate change.

I don’t live in Boston, but I tried to download the app for my iPod Touch anyway. Alas! It is only available for iPhone, although I’m not sure why. I think some developers either don’t understand they can make their apps accommodate both devices, or don’t want to be bothered.

In spite of my disappointment, I think “Walking Cinema” is an incredible idea. Reviewers in the app store have been very positive since its released in late October. I hope this launches a new genre!

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