Imagine holding a smartphone in your hand and having prewar Warsaw at your fingertips, strolling past places long gone and following in Janusz Korczak’s footsteps. For The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the History Meeting House (Dom Spotkań z Historią) we created the app prepared specially for Janusz Korczak Year in Poland.
The My Warsaw app is a interactive combination of a guide around Warsaw, a urban game and an expansive compendium of knowledge about the great Janusz Korczak, who is an inherent part of Warsaw.
My Warsaw – Warszawa jest moja offers two routes with 49 stops with detailed descriptions, and adds up to six hour of walks along both of them.
After choosing a route, the system will automatically locate you on the GPS map and will direct you to the nearest urban game stop. There it will let you unlock prewar photographs, recordings, highlights from the life of Janusz Korczak and a description of the stop itself. You can walk a whole route at once or choose to take a break at any time and come back to it whenever you feel like it.
The My Warsaw app uses Augmented Reality technology – which allows you to explore the historical layers of a rapidly changing city, which changes from generation to generation. Augmented Reality imposes one image on to the other – the world seen through our phone’s camera and a computer-generated image. It combines the world around us with the world long forgotten by all and allows us to see Warsaw as it once was.
My Warsaw – Warszawa jest moja is free and bilingual (Polish and English).
This is the first such application of its kind – combining a traditional guide with an urban game makes discovering Warsaw all the more interesting and entertaining. After unlocking point on the Korczak trail you can share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
- May 2012
- Augmented Reality