The ‘timescope’ was co-developed by ART+COM as a way for visitors and residents of Berlin to discover its history and see where the wall used to be located. People can use the telescopic device to pan around and choose a date, and historical photographs and films from that location can be superimposed over the present-day view. The timescope uses a combination of binocular optics and web cam to show the scene as a live transmission and then add visual content to bring history to life.
Renderings of the future conditions of a location also offer users the chance to imagine what it will look like in years to come. An integrated camera takes pictures at certain times and uploads them into the system, enabling the timescope to independently expand its content.