The HoloLens team is finally beginning to realize that augmented reality needs to get out of the lab or factory and onto the street to really get into the mainstream.
The latest example of this is in the form of a new AR art installation called "Unmoored," which transforms New York's Times Square into an underwater world.
The interactive art installation was created by artist Mel Chin and is a site-specific AR experience Imagine a future where global warming has led to catastrophe for New York, flooding the city with seawater and forcing its inhabitants to do so once used to drive over busy roads.
What makes this experience unique is that it is combined with a different, very real and tangible piece of art in Times Square Title "Wake" begins. The "Wake" section is intended to represent the hull of a fallen ship that sits at the bottom of the new seabed and is surrounded by Manhattan buildings.
After seeing the submerged hull, visitors pull on the HoloLens and then watch as ship rises at sea level and joins the traffic of other ships going high above street level as spectators watch from the new seabed.
"Mixed reality helps me because it's tormenting to have thoughts, dreams and visions and not realize them," Chin said in a post on the Microsoft website. "Having an opportunity like this defeats this demon, not silencing, but expanding a vision."
This art installation follows another site-specific HoloLens experience called "Godzilla Nights," which allowed HoloLens users a giant AR version. The famous "Unmoored" project is not just a powerful message regarding the possible dangers of Climate change, but it is also an incredibly innovative way to show where the place is located. Based AR is capable of using the HoloLens.
Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, the "unmoored" HoloLens experience lasted three days earlier this month, but anyone can still try it out via smartphone with the app for iOS and iOS Android. The mobile AR experience will be available until the 5th of September.