Several months ago, Brian August decided to create an iPhone app that uses augmented reality to add a silhouette of the World Trade Center to images of NYC's skyline.
Brian called the project 110 Stories, crowdfunded it through Kickstarter, and is set to release the app for free in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Part of the goal is to help people remember the Twin Towers as NYC icons:
For those of us who are lifelong New Yorkers, its easy to tick off iconic views of the Twin Towers -- emerging disoriented from the West 4th Street subway station, finding the towers, and using them as a compass. On a Fire Island roof deck, 45 miles away, seeing two tiny toothpicks on the horizon, backlit by the setting sun. On I-95, heading home from New Jersey, seeing the Towers looming over the Palisades. Stuck in traffic on the helix approaching the Lincoln Tunnel, marveling at the downtown skyline. The list goes on. These lost views conjure vivid memories in much the same way as hearing a favorite song from the past. "Seeing" the towers come to life through your iPhone will transport you back in time.
Last week, Nora interviewed Brian about the project. You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 12:21]