Building Every Where

Every Where allows anyone to add augmented reality content to their environment.

Concept image for Every Where, showing historic photographic, three dimensional and text based augmented reality content. Illustration by Tom Jennings.
Example use cases:
  • Museums:
    After digitising their collection, museums could use Every Where to display it in the local area surrounding their building – or place it at any location in the entire world. For example, the British Museum could display the Rosetta Stone at a huge scale floating above Bloomsbury in London, in it’s original location in Memphis, Egypt or above a primary school in Leeds that recently visited the museum on a school trip.
  • Libraries:
    Libraries could use Every Where to display information or content at an architectural scale over their locality. Imagine a quote from the book of the week looming over the town square or a drawing from the pre-school playgroup floating above the library entrance.
  • Local History:
    Residents could use Every Where to add photography back to the place where it was taken. A grandfather could add a photo of him and his brother celebrating England’s football world cup win of 1966 in the street where he grew up at the exact point it was taken – creating a historical Trompe-l’œil.
  • Digital Graffiti:
    Local children could use Every Where to write in letters ten metres high or add 3D emoticons to their street as well as learning how to program in augmented reality along the way.
  • Unlimited Sculpture:
    Artists could use Every Where to add sculpture to their world unencumbered by budget or physical possibility.
Quote by ex-director of the V&A, Martin Roth from the book “100 Secrets of the Art World”
Hardware:

Every Where can either run on a traditional web server, in the cloud or locally on a Raspberry Pi.

Every Where runs locally by creating a local WiFi network on the Raspberry Pi itself. In this way Every Where can function even in places that are out of the range of cellular data services or broadband. Additionally, Every Where can be solar powered, allowing it to run “Off Grid” – completely independently of all traditional public utility services at a very low cost. It will also be possible to create a mesh of local Every Where units to create an independent network for hosting a variety of content.

Software:

Every Where runs atop A-Frame and Node.js. A-Frame allows compatibility with a wide variety of hardware platforms – Vive, Rift, desktop and mobile platforms.

Every Where not only allows for viewing of content but the creation of content via a built in editor.

Request for collaborators/support:

I’m currently applying for support for Every Where from a variety of sources. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch.