Many of us take photos and videos with our phones so we can watch them later and relive the important and happy moments of our lives. But why just stop at 2D reproductions of our precious memories? Why not go 3D and step into them?
Sounds dystopian and Black Mirror-like, but you can now relive your memories by “entering them.” California-based company Wist Labs has introduced Wist: Immersive Memories to enable this. It’s an app that lets you record your memories and then relive them using a VR kit or mobile AR.
Andrew McHugh, the co-founder of Wist-Labs, posted a video of him interacting with one of his memories. It’s not perfect, but it’s impressive nevertheless:
Your memories — how you remember them pic.twitter.com/eRwIK6xYTF
— Wist: Immersive Memories (@WistLabs) February 21, 2023
People have been asking on Twitter if it’s real, and it is, very much so! All you need to do it capture a moment you want to remember with Wist (it’s just like taking a regular video). Most modern phone cameras have 3D features, so Wist uses them to make your memory immersive. And when you’re ready, you can step inside your memory in the mobile viewer, in mobile AR, or in a VR headset.
Right now, Wist: Immersive Memories supports iOS and Meta Quest 2. In the next release, Meta Quest Pro will be added too. For now, it’s only available on iOS as invite-only alpha and it’s coming soon to Quest.
Black Mirror fans probably first thought of the episode titled The Entire History of You. I know I have. I’ve been thinking lately about how it’s time to re-watch the series but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe there’s need to watch it, we’re already living it!
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