Monday 15 September 2008

GPS Film: Location based mobile cinema

This invention was originally conceived as an artwork designed by Scott Hessels, which he then developed in collaboration with engineering and art students at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

The medium uses emerging technologies to bring story into real space; (Viewed and interacted with on either a GPS enabled PDA or 3G Smart Phone like the iPhone, Nokia N28 or something similar) neighborhoods, architecture, and landscapes become part of the cinema experience. Movies can be personalized and localized. Storytelling becomes a physical, viewer-controlled experience; a journey of fiction ties directly to a journey of fact.

But if GPS Film catches on, it could be similar to geocaching. I can imagine some people will take it on as a kind of hobby or personal and social form of entertainment. It could be a lot of fun.

This type of cinema has an immediate advantage over normal cinema. Participant/viewers have to move around. And that should burn up quite a few more calories than sitting in a seat at the movie theater.

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