A new simulator lets you fly like a pigeon over London, seeing the sites and reading live feeds.
For those who dreamed of flying as a children, your wish has come true. George MacKerron and a team of researchers at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis have worked with Xbox Kinect and Google Earth to simulate pigeon flight over the city of London. The program is called Pigeon Sim. As shown in the simulation video below, users position themselves in front of a screen and make different motions to fly, flapping their arms, veering and tilting. The screen even puts a bird’s head on your body.
The project was created in order to further explore the city as a data feed, providing users an interesting platform in which to see live tweets and information about different monuments as they fly by them. The information is provided by CASA’s CityDashboard, which monitors the weather, Tube status and multiple news sources.
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