Storytelling App Creates Layered Narratives From Passive Data

Storytelling App Creates Layered Narratives From Passive Data

Kennedy is an iPhone app that lets users capture a specific instance, complete with surrounding context.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 3 january 2014

Created by Brendan Dawes, Kennedy is an iPhone app that lets users mark moments in time complete with surrounding context.

Dubbed by the creator as a “moment freezing machine,” Kennedy captures data snapshots instead of just image-based moments. A single tap captures the date and time, location, current weather condition, the news headlines, and even the music the user was listening to.


“I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of how the things we experience in our lives run parallel with other events happening at the same time around the world,” explains Dawes. “When 9-11 happened, I often thought about what was happening on the QVC shopping channel as the majority of the world was watching those terrible events live. Were they still selling ‘today’s special value?'”

Kennedy enables users to capture moments both big and small, and the data can then be used to create digital visualizations or 3D-printed models of these moments or experiences.

Users can also use the data snapshots to recall where they were or what they were doing when a big news event occurred or when they were listening to a specific song.

The app is available on the App Store for iPhones running on iOS7.



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