Explore The White House On A Dollar Bill With AR App ‘1600’

by Charles Singletary • December 7th, 2016

1600, referring to the legendary home address 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is an application for iOS and the Google Play Store that gives a glimpse of the White House’s operations.

The White House blog is promoting the new application as something that can be used individually or by teachers to show their students the importance of the dwelling. The experience utilizes augmented reality to build a digital white house on the face of a dollar bill. The app then takes you through a year of the White House’s events and you can maneuver around to get a different perspective on all the happenings, like the annual Easter Egg roll and a state arrival ceremony.

The application was created as a result of a collaboration between the White House Historical Association and Nexus Studios. The Historical Association was founded in 1961 and is a private non-profit that was formed to inform on all things related to the White House, from sponsoring lectures and exhibits to supplying universities with free educational materials. Nexus Studios is a production crew notable for its work on shorts like Chipotle’s Back to the Start and their music video for the Scottish band Chvrches.

We previously reported on the US Department of Education issuing a challenge to developers and creators to make educational virtual and augmented experiences for the chance to win a grand prize of $430,000 or one of the smaller $50,000 prizes.

You can download 1600 for on iOS here and Android here at no charge for both.

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