Glimpse into New York City’s Past With a Dose of Déjà Vu

Glimpse into New York City’s Past With a Dose of Déjà Vu

An iOS app uses the iPhone's compass for an immersive, nostalgic, and highly augmented experience

Rachel Pincus
  • 27 april 2015

In 1939, Berenice Abbott‘s book Changing New York, which juxtaposed her street scenes with older ones from Eugène Atget, sparked a nascent interest in New York’s past at a time when people rushed toward the new. Her famous trope of comparing street scenes has been often imitated, but iOS app Déjà Vu takes these homages to a new level. It uses a GPS and sensors to help you match up photos and information with the spot where you’re standing, creating an augmented reality experience.

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