Take a tour of Wisbech 100 years in the future thanks to new virtual reality mobile phone app

PUBLISHED: 12:24 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 31 October 2017

Pictures from the app allowing users to step into the future using virtual reality.

Pictures from the app allowing users to step into the future using virtual reality.

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A new mobile app is being launched this November that allows users to see what Wisbech may look like in 100 years time in a 3D world.

Pictures from the app allowing users to step into the future using virtual reality. Pictures from the app allowing users to step into the future using virtual reality.

It’s all part of a project by Collusion, an arts and technology company based in Cambridge that has worked with Market Place, Tin Fish Creative and writer Lucy Sheerman to make the futuristic project a reality.

They’re calling it ‘The Brink of the Future’ – giving users the opportunity to walk through a vision of Wisbech’s future. It uses the camera on your phone to give a live view of what future life in Wisbech may look like.

A Collusion spokesman said: “Follow Pipp and her robot friend Caleb as they battle to save the region’s digital memory from draining into the Fens. This is Wisbech but not as you know it.”

Wisbech Town Council Leader, Councillor Samantha Hoy, said: “This is such an exciting project for Wisbech - futuristic and fun. Especially considering the recent rise in popularity of things like Pokemon-Go.

“It’s fantastic that a team of creative people connected to Wisbech have produced this digital experience which allows everyone to imagine and interact with a future vision of our town.”

Simon Poulter, of Collusion, said: “This is a project set along the North Brink in Wisbech. It imagines a future where the town has become an important

centre for power generation from renewable resources and also the memory for the whole region.

“Wisbech has a rich history as an economic centre and we wanted to update the story, encouraging people to imagine what it could be like in 2117.

“We have worked with creative people in the town over a five-month period and as a first we will be using augmented reality within the story.”

It is the first app to animate augments created using Google Blocks and can be accessed on multiple devices from android smartphones and iPhones with the newly launched I0S 11 operating system.

The team are running tours using the app this weekend. They will run outside Wisbech & Fenland Museum on the hour from 10am with the last tour setting off at 2pm on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November.

The app is available for anyone beyond the launch weekend too. Visit www.brinkofthefuture.com on your smartphone and enable your data to use the app.

The Brink of the Future is available for anyone beyond the launch weekend too, simply go to www.brinkofthefuture.com on your smartphone and enable your data.

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