New app allows you to relive your memories and interact with them
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A new app allows users to step back in time to relive memories and interact with them.
In an era in which our social media apps constantly remind us of our memories and posts from the past (we all love Instagram's On This Day feature, don't we?) one technology company has gone a step further by allowing its users to literally revisit memories.
Wist Labs is working on an app which records footage from the user’s life which can be viewed later using a virtual reality headset. And just like that you can go back to that birthday party from months back or playing fetch with your dog.
The tech captures the 3D information of the footage and transforms it into an immersive three-dimensional world that the user can interact.
Lots of people would have seen people exploring realistic three-dimensional worlds already thanks to the use of a headset but never have we been able to explore our own memories on such a big scale before.
Vivid, the VR application, is in its beta stage at the moment and available on iOS.
The app is designed to be paired with a Quest VR headset, allowing users to invite all their pals to participate in their past experiences. That means all your story times can feel like real-life experiences once again.
Although the app is still in the development phase, it already sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. It will enable users who are looking for the ultimate throwback to rewind, zoom in and examine the scenes from their past lives.
Don’t worry, unlike the Black Mirror episode ‘The Entire History of You’, you do not need to have a device implanted to record your once-lived life.
Users must record an experience using the Vivid app which collects all the necessary information to transform the regular 2D footage into a 3D world.
Those who download the app won’t have to be tech experts to make it work as the engineering and design of the app will make it as simple as filming a video.
Andrew McHugh, the founder of Wist, explained that the app saves colour, depth, device pose, audio and scene information during the capture process. Wist aims to enhance the apps performance to avoid glitchy videos or missing portions from scenes before its official release.
In addition to being available on iOS, there is also a private beta phase available on Meta Quest 2. Wist plans to release a version for Meta Quest Pro later this year.
If you’re interested in trying the VR experience, you can sign up for the beta or join the launch waiting list on the Wist: Immersive Memories website.