As someone who lived in New York City for fifteen years, I know all too well what it’s like to live in a small apartment. Over the course of those fifteen years, the size of my apartment shrank, while the rent kept going up. As it turns out, two people can live in a 600 square foot apartment if you’ve got high ceilings (hint: build up). But, I digress. Not surprisingly then, I took note when The Verge highlighted Bernando Schorr’s “Mixed Reality Living Spaces” project. The project shows how, “augmented reality can be used to make windowless 100-square-foot apartments hospitable.”
It’s both cool and horrifying and to me. The project uses cameras, computers and projectors to create a Star Trek like “Holodeck” which gives the appearance of a larger space. I suppose, if you didn’t know it wasn’t real, it might be more comfortable.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.