Thursday, August 30, 2012
Despite ongoing disagreement over the design of a national memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, planners are creating a high-tech virtual memorial to accompany the monument.
A congressional commission working to build the memorial has quietly launched an "e-memorial" online to show how multimedia features would complement Frank's Gehry's design for a National Mall memorial.
The e-memorial will eventually include a mobile app using augmented reality technology to superimpose historic images and recordings onto the memorial scene. It will include stories of Eisenhower as president and as World War II general.
Media design firm Local Projects LLC is creating the e-memorial after creating interactive features for New York's 9/11 Memorial.
Founder Jake Barton tells The Associated Press he's using new technology to introduce Eisenhower to a new generation.