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TIME’s New AR App Is a Devastating Look at the Deforestation of the Amazon

The app follows a team of journalists as they meet the indigenous people of the Amazon fighting the illegal logging and severe threats to their way of life and, ultimately, the world at large.

TIME is pulling no punches with its new augmented reality app, “Inside the Amazon: The Dying Forest.”

Narrated by the one and only Jane Goodall, the app follows a team of journalists as they meet the indigenous people of the Amazon fighting the illegal logging and severe threats to their way of life and, ultimately, the world at large.

Produced by SeeBoundless, the app uses drone photography and 3D photogrammetry to take viewers into some of the most remote parts of the Amazon.

“What we do is much different than what other companies do with satellites or shooting 2,000 feet above ground. We get right down to ground level, and in this case tree level too, and get hi res, 360 AR models that show every detail,” explains SeeBoundless founder Steve Johnson. SeeBoundless also used Blackmagic eGPU Pro attached to MacBook Pros to stitch together millions of images right in the field.

“The challenge facing us was how to capture the trees and deforestation on a large scale and how to shoot from just above the tree line when the trees were constantly in motion,” Johnson said. “Every day we would get between 1,000 to 1,500 images, and we were able to stitch them altogether on site thanks to the Blackmagic eGPU Pro’s power.”

Download the app here.

More on “Inside the Amazon”

Time’s Mixed Reality App Takes You Inside the Amazon Rainforest (Engadget)

Time Mixed Reality App Sheds Spotlight into the Fast Disappearing Amazon Rainforest (Virtual Reality Times)

SeeBoundless Creates 3D Augmented Reality Model of Amazon Rainforest with Blackmagic eGPU Pro

 

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