Overview:

website illustrations-06Lateral is a phone application which engages users in alternate universe experiences  

What if there was a way to experience objects thousands of miles away from your physical existence? What if you could travel back in time to experience scenes from history? What if you could place yourself in a future where gravity is no longer a barrier for humanity?

Introducing, Lateral.

Lateral is only active at near field spaces. Near field spaces are fissures in space-time fabric where forces of this world are weak, where matter can be transported from a far away place or far away time. Near field spaces let you catch glimpses of alternate reality.

Scene 1 : Travel back in time
A near field space has opened up. This space is connected to a tunnel which takes you way back in Mesozoic Era. A time where dinosaurs were a reality. Dinosaurs lived between 230 and 65 million years ago. This was many millions of years before the first modern humans, Homo sapiens, appeared. Use Lateral to witness the existence of these giant creatures.

Scene 2 : Travel ahead in time
It’s year 2158. We have reached a point in time where we can control the gravity on earth as we want. Certain meteoroids were attracted using gravity accelerators and left floating near ground for further scientific enquiry by Swiss Space Center. A near field space has been formed between at this place acts as a window through which you can peek and see future using Lateral.

Scene 3 : Telepresence
Lateral can be used to teleport to a space. In fact,many objects from different parts of the world can be transported to one location to create a Virtual Exhibit. For example, a virtual exhibit of all the statues in Washington DC is created through Lateral. You can pick and choose from the map, the statues you would want to see in this exhibit and they are transported to your immediate environment. You can see these statues and read more about them using the interface.
(Courtesy: Statuevision)

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You can click yourself with objects from another time and location. Lateral lets you situate yourself across time and space.
 

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Inspiration:
Design Fiction - Final Project Proposal

Self portraits go back to 1400 where the first known self portrait Portrait of a Man in a Turban by Jan van Eyck was created in 1433. Self portraits are defined as “Representation of a person drawn, painted, photographed or sculpted by the person”. Painters are known to express themselves through their self portraits. Inserted self portraits depict the person in a mythical or historic scene where the person can transport to another time and space. Carnivals have cut outs where you can insert your head to play a character, change your body or situate yourself in fantasy or history. There is common thread in all of the above where people feel the desire to depict themselves with a perspective other than reality. Self depiction has transformed into the act of “selfie taking” in modern times. Selfies let people take control of their self depiction.

Design Fiction - Final Project Proposal (1)

Museum of Selfies is project by Olivia Muus where famous paintings and sculptures are imagined to take selfies. Selfies are also used for activism, where people click themselves with a message to support a certain cause. There have been several waves of trends in world of selfie taking such as selfies at funerals.

Selfiecity investigates the style of selfies across five cities in the world and presents their findings in detailed visualisations.
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Depiction is also strongly influenced by sense of time. Agan Harahap created his own alternate universe, where costumed superheroes were active participants in WWII.