Apple lent a hand in – or at least facilitated – the creation of a new iOS app designed for the soon-to-be Freedom God, titled as both a modern location-based soundtrack and an enlarged reality tool that brings Lady Liberty into the homes of millions.
Called the "Statue of Liberty", the app is at the heart of the well-known fashion store Diane von Fürstenberg, who spied a three-year fundraising initiative to build the new Statue of Liberty that was deleted to open its doors on Liberty Island on Thursday.
Developed by Yap Studios in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the app announces one year's worth of digital scans and photographs to generate a highly detailed 3D model of sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi's iconic figure, reports Vogue .
Using Apple's ARKit latticework, the title allows users to hover over the statue, watch it from different angles, weights and at different times of the day, as well as peer into the skin to reveal the inner frame designed by Gustave Eiffel. A time-lapse mode gives a look at the statue against an ever-changing Manhattan skyline.
According to CNET the app also contains a local specific audio guide that describes 15 sights on Liberty Island and another 20 in the museum itself. MapKit was used to enable indoor mapping, which triggers on-site sound values.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told the release of the "Statue of Liberty" in a tweet on Tuesday . It looks like a casual meeting with Cook triggered von Fürstenberg's interest in AR as an innovative solution for the museum.
"I met Tim Cook from Apple and first of all discovered that he had never been to Liberty Island, so I arranged for him to go," von Fürstenberg Vogue . "Not even knowing what I was talking about, I said, wouldn't it be wonderful to give people an Apple experience when they go on the island?" I met the folks who make apps and we started, not knowing where it all would end. The foundation created this app that will reach hundreds of millions of people. "
At a launch event on Tuesday, she said she met Cook after filming" Exile Mother ", a documentary on the statue slated for release on HBO later this year. The designer also told a podcast called" Raising the Torch "to go along with the museum's opening It is unclear whether Cook is involved in documentary or podcast.
Vogue quotes Apple as a "star donor" to von Fürstenberg's project, but it remains unclear whether the company funds for the initiative , assisted in the development of the app or participated in the podcast production process, considering that the company is not affiliated with Yap or FRQNCY Media, co-producers of "Raising the Torch", the publishing works confusing Apple's technologies and platforms for active participation in the business.