Walking Through Time

January 31, 2010

The wordpress “freshly pressed” front page currently has a link to a blogpost with some very fascinating and temporally confusing pictures. The blog is called Pillar Box Post and the post is question is “Looking into the Past“. It showcases some of the best examples from a Flickr Group of the same name. The game is to overlap an old photo with a modern photo of the same scene. All of the pictures are interesting, and some of them are downright spooky; people from the past walking down modern streets. Check it out and you will see what I mean.

It reminded of something I heard about at a recent local IT workshop : Walking Through Time. This is a hookup between Edinburgh IT people and folk at the Edinburgh College of Art. The idea is to combine GPS and old maps to make an iPhone app that shows you a map of oldy Edinburgh at your current location. So you can stare at your phone and walk those ancient streets.

Its not quite ready for airtime yet, but watch this space. Could be big.