US – A new app, Wist, promises to turn all videos shot on a smartphone into dystopian memories that anyone with a headset can jump into and relive in the metaverse.
Andrew R McHugh, CEO and co-founder of Wist, is revolutionising the digital picture frame and good old family slideshows with an immersive experience taking people on a meta-trip down memory lane. By collecting data from the initial video, including depth, colour and audio information, the app can transform any video content into 3D – available in augmented or virtual reality. McHugh used the technology to record the moment his pregnant partner was getting an ultrasound scan. He told VIce: ‘I captured the moment [and] was able to bring my mother into the experience [from] halfway across the country.’
In Five Future Home Scenarios For 2050, we previously looked at how an AI grandparent lookalike can pop on the tv and prompt household members to take medicine or check in on their wellbeing. Wist takes this innovation further by making experiential family memories accessible to all generations beyond death.
As families’ archives will soon emerge on the metaverse for generations, consider how all creative industries, from VR fashion to architects, can adapt and augment family memories across generations