Apple's newest AR app lets you visit the Statue of Liberty anywhere

CNET | 5/14/2019 | Scott Stein
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Find this life-size Liberty foot (and a lot more) in the AR-enabled app that launches Tuesday.

There's a massive Statue of Liberty foot on the table in front of me. It's life-size. I forgot about the scale of it. I live in New Jersey but haven't visited it for years.

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For anyone who's never been to the Statue of Liberty in person, the new Statue of Liberty app could be the perfect augmented reality virtual ticket. Or, if you're planning to visit the new Statue of Liberty Museum, it'll double as an immersive-audio tour guide.

Developed by Yap Studios alongside the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the Statue of Liberty app launches Tuesday on Apple devices alongside a podcast series narrated by designer Diane von Furstenberg, who has served as chair of the Statue of Liberty Museum's fundraising campaign. The app uses ARKit to create its 3D recreations of the statue, which slowly blends from being in the world around you to standing in New York Harbor as you lift the screen.

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The view transforms to a virtual overlook of the city as you lift the screen.

At a New York launch event, von Furstenberg discussed how the project happened, meeting Apple CEO Tim Cook after working on an upcoming documentary on the Statue of Liberty for HBO coming in the fall. "I realized, it wasn't just him giving the people who visited an Apple experience, it was also to give to Apple a Statue of Liberty experience," says von Furstenberg, who considers the app a chance to expand the experience to more people. "Hopefully it will be the opening of a museum that will reach a billion people."

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You can place the Statue of Liberty anywhere, or scale it, or step into its structure.

I got a chance to test the app's AR features ahead of...
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