A new ARKit app from the International Committee of the Red Cross attempts to convey the devastating impact of war through your iPhone.
Enter the Room, as the app is called, is a visceral first-person experience that uses AR to transport you to a child’s bedroom. Appearing as a portal in the real world, you step through into the scene to explore a seemingly normal space. It’s not long, though, before the horrors start and what looks like a normal life transforms into something far more terrifying.
“Conflict has devastating impacts on communities, and especially on children,” Peter Maurer, President of the ICRC, said in a prepared statement. “We hope the story told through this immersive app will give people new insights into the realities of war. It is a vivid reminder of how urban warfare destroys children’s bedrooms, their homes, and — tragically — their lives.”
The app is completely free to download and well worth a look for anyone with an iPhone. If you’re like us, you probably watched the trailer above and thought this would look better suited to VR. The group says it’s not opposed to a VR version, but doesn’t have any plans for one at this point in time.