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IIT-Madras Launches ‘MovingMemory’ App for Immersive Memory Capture

IIT-Madras has unveiled a groundbreaking mobile application called 'MovingMemory' that seamlessly merges augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to capture dynamic memory models. This revolutionary app offers users a digital reconstruction of their personal memories by linking them with real-world experiences.

By Rekha Joshi 
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IIT-Madras has unveiled a groundbreaking mobile application named ‘MovingMemory,’ revolutionizing memory capture by integrating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). This innovative app allows users to relive their memories associated with famous landmarks and places.

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The ‘MovingMemory’ app, now available for both Android and iOS devices and accessible through web browsers, marks a significant leap in digital memory reconstruction. When users gaze upon a monument or any memorable site, this app projects their connected emotions and experiences onto the virtual screen, creating an immersive environment.

The Centre for Memory Studies at IIT-Madras has meticulously crafted virtual models of India’s iconic locations. With ‘MovingMemory,’ users can embark on virtual tours and explore these sites, all while rekindling their personal memories.

During its recent launch, Professor V Kamakoti, Director of IIT-Madras, emphasized the importance of integrating collective memory into policy decisions, especially concerning ecological matters such as climate change. He highlighted that memory studies, including human and non-human forms like the memory of water and nature, deserve interdisciplinary and collaborative attention.

Dr. Avishek Parui, Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr. Merin Simi Raj, Principal and co-principal investigators of the Centre for Memory Studies, explained that the ‘MovingMemory’ app allows users to choose avatars and navigate three-dimensional spaces. It includes additional layers of video, audio, 3D images, and interactive elements, making it an ideal tool for educational and research purposes.

This launch was part of a conference attended by over 600 participants, including international delegates from the US, UK, Germany, New Zealand, Morocco, Canada, Sweden, and Bangladesh. The ‘MovingMemory’ app signifies a promising step toward reimagining memory capture and integrating it into various domains for a more enriched and immersive experience.

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