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App Wrap: 'Circa 1948'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

In an exhibit called "Circa 1948," displayed as part of the Tribeca Film Festival's Innovation Week, a person takes steps forward, backward, side to side, even kneels down, and the room-filling scene follows those actions. The app is the creation of well-known Canadian artist Stan Douglas.

We're showing it to you in our weekly app segment because everything you're seeing here, you can also do in the app version just release for iOS devices.

So what exactly is it? Well, it's not quite a game, not quite a traditional story. It's more of an experience. On its surface, it allows you to explore two Vancouver neighborhoods as they existed almost 70 years ago because today, I'm told by developers, they primarily hold highways and parking lots. The experience, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, is designed to be historically accurate.

Circa 1948 is a free app, again for iOS devices. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP