The Occupy Wall Street protests quickly spread from New York City to the rest of the United States to the rest of the world, and it’s only fitting they should now occupy Augmented Reality, where neither blockades nor pepper spray and baton-wielding police officers can keep you off of Wall Street.
Layar developer and Manifest.AR founding member Mark Skwarek has made a global call to activists to make themselves seen and heard in AR, which according to the AR Occupy Wall Street blog, is much more difficult to do in “actual” reality.
“Protesters were not given permits to protest at Wall Street forcing them blocks from the New York Stock Exchange [NYSE]. Wall Street was barricaded off. Only part of the sidewalk was accessible to the public and there was a constant heavy police presence.
arOCCUPYWALLSTREET takes the protest to the heart of the financial district, placing them directly in front of the NYSE. Augmented reality gives protesters the ability to have a truly global affect on world events.”
Skwarek is gathering photos and videos of protesters as well as 3D models and other protest-related art from people all over the world, and displaying them on Wall Street via his ProtestAR layer.
If you want to get involved with the AR Occupy Wall Street (#arOCCUPYWALLSTREEET) protest, you can either create your own Layar content at lat/long: 40.706791, -74.010891 or take a photo/short video of yourself with a protest sign and email it to mark[dot]skwarek1[at]gmail[dot]com.
Check out some of the AR Occupy Wall Street content already live in NYC: