Augmented reality can be more than just a way to enhance navigation or add virtual sunglasses to your face. It can also be a platform to highlight important social issues.
A new film titled These Sleepless Nights which premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, is an augmented reality documentary that can be seen on the Internet Magic Leap One Headphones. The documentary highlights America's eviction issues and the growing homeless population.
The four-part mini-documentary was inspired by Matthew Desmond's book Evicted . But you may be wondering why not just make a standard 2D movie about homelessness? Well, Gabo Arora, the director of the film, believes that the immersive nature of AR and VR allows the audience to better connect with the content they are watching. "I was curious if new technologies could get us to do more and be more interested in social issues," Arora said in an interview with A / D / O .
The next amendment, the anti-homelessness group behind the production, not only seeks to raise awareness but also hopes to come up with a new amendment
The documentary will eventually be available in the VR and on mobile devices, but for the moment the Magic Leap-operated exhibition is housed in a huge cube. A viewer simply puts on the Magic Leap headset and walks around the cube, with each side of the cube telling another part of the homeless story in AR. When you place your hands on the cube and slide it across its surface, figures pop up and objects materialize out of the walls, while an audio-based story is told.