A Guide to Jewish Warsaw – Augmented Reality iPhone App

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Warsaw, Poland is not unknown city. Many Jewish historians dedicated their work to it. They dealt with past history, the Holocaust period, as well as with contemporary times – because although some claim, that there are no Jews in Poland, Jewish life there… goes on.

If you are planning trip to Warsaw  to learn first hand about Polish Jewish culture and history  there is a must have app. Imagine holding a smartphone in your hand and having pre-war Warsaw at your fingertips, strolling past places long gone and following in Janusz Korczak‘s  footsteps.

The My Warsaw app is a interactive combination of a guide around Warsaw, a urban game and an expansive compendium of knowledge about the great Janusz Korczak, who is an inherent part of  Warsaw. The bilingual (Polish and English) app have been prepared specially for Janusz Korczak Year in Poland.

My Warsaw  offers two routes with 49 stops with detailed descriptions, and adds up to six hour of walks along both of them.  After choosing a route, the system will automatically locate you on the GPS map and will direct you to the nearest urban game stop. There it will let you unlock pre-war photographs, recordings,  highlights  from the life of Janusz Korczak and a description of  the stop itself. You can walk a whole route at once or choose to take a break at any time and come back to it whenever you feel like it.

After unlocking point on the Korczak trail you can share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. And when you finish the certain parts of the route – an award will pop up on your profile.

The My Warsaw app uses Augmented Reality technology – which allows you to explore the historical layers of a rapidly changing city, which changes from generation to generation. Augmented Reality imposes one image on to the other – the world seen through our phone’s camera and a computer-generated image.  It combines the world around us with the world long forgotten by all and allows us to see Warsaw as it once was.

AppMy Warsaw – Warszawa Jest Moja by Moiseum

CompatibleiPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: Education
Released:  June 09, 2012
Publisher: Zuzanna Stanska © Dom Spotkań z HistoriąMuseum of the History of Polish Jews
Price: Free  (get app)

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