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Zuccotti Park Protest Lives on, in Augmented Reality App


Mark Skwarek, a faculty member and researcher-in-residence at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, has re-built the encampment using an augmented reality application. The technology allows him to move the protest into spaces that have been restricted, for users to view on a mobile device.

When Skwarek first went to see Occupy Wall Street last fall, he walked down to the New York Stock Exchange where he was greeted with empty streets, police barriers, and citizens hurrying by on sidewalks. Feeling that the protest should actually take place on Wall Street, Skwarek put out a global call for people to get involved in an augmented reality occupation, even if they couldn't physically be in New York. "Send a picture... I'll put you on the ground!" He called it #arOCCUPYWALLSTREET.

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