Condition ONE App Sticks Your Face in the Middle of War

Anyone of a currently-living generation is used to images of killing and destruction by now—perhaps even desensitized entirely. War correspondent Danfung Dennis wants to change this with a little technology and a lot of visceral emotion.


Dennis' project, called Condition ONE, uses a slightly-distorted, 180-degree DSLR field of view to simulate peripheral vision, with all its blurriness and immediacy. The intention is to strip some of the sterile accuracy from war footage, and to reconnect viewer with conflict. Using an iPad, viewers can move their device around for an AR-style "window" into the battlefield, or swipe through it. The result, as seen above in the terrifying footage from Libya, is certainly unlike anything on CNN. [Condition ONE via CoDesign]



I've never seen 360-degree interactive live-action video before. Every 360-degree thing has always been still images or CG. Combine that with the way you can move the iPad to pan, and it's a strikingly, creepily real experience...

I can imagine this kind of technology used in a more entertainment-friendly way. A 360-degree camera setup is attached to a robotic stand, and both are connected to a PC via WiFi. An iPad app allows you to use this Window-like panning, as well as move forward, backward, and side-to-side by simply moving the iPad (and I suppose by moving your body as well; the accelerometers & gyro can tall the difference between that and spinning, right?). A fully interactive experience without any need for a UI. Like a real window into another place.

-IMP ;) :)