Time and tide wait for none. This has been the hard truth man has never been able to come to terms with. However, in his unwavering mission to preserve history, man stretched his limits, accomplishing feats that were deemed unthinkable. Then came technology with a will to conquer, fuelling both man’s curiosity and imagination like never before, changing the world the way it is today, even changing reality into virtual or augmented. Still, time and tide wait for none.
Hence, two budding thinkers, Mikaela Jade of Australian Aboriginal company Indigital and Gautham Kalathur of BMS Innolabs, a Karnataka government funded company, have joined hands in bringing to life some of world’s most ancient storylines via one of modern world’s most promising technologies – the Microsoft HoloLens. The aim is to use this amazing tech to help indigenous communities across our globe preserve their cultures, stories, languages, knowledge and laws.
The duo had a chance encounter, two years back, at America’s fastest growing tech start-up event, Collision. Since then, their partnership has been strengthening. The two, who also happen to be the CEOs of their respective companies, found their passions intersect at Augmented Reality (AR). It soon culminated into a world-first mobile phone app. They are calling it “Indigital Storytelling,” and it was released in Australia in July. Jade and Kalathur have also showcased the prototype in Karnataka.
Priyank Kharge, Karnataka’s IT/BT and tourism minister, has spoken well about the app, and has also hinted at future collaborations. A user of the app and HoloLens can bring to life Australia’s “Aboriginal cultural stories of Kakadu World Heritage Area through image recognition of 20,000 year old cultural rock art figures,” reports The Hindu BusinessLine. Historical and cultural storytelling using modern tech is expected to gain significance as a result of this association.