Heim is an augmented reality mobile application that allows users to track their movements through space, input site-specific and sound-based memories into associated locations, and explore the memories of others by finding and scanning NFC tags at different locations throughout their city.

In recent years, much has been discovered about the relationship between space, music, and memory, particularly in the case of Alzheimer’s patients, through studies in cognitive neuroscience and neurophysiology. Heim aims to demonstrate how technologically enabled ways of interacting with and perceiving our environment might enable a greater understanding of cognition and, more specifically, memory. It orchestrates an immersive, exploratory, and sensory-based experience of memory in the everyday world mediated through the convenience and affordances of the wirelessly networked, visually and aurally rich interface of the mobile device.



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app – augmented reality – Cocoa pods – data visualization – digital + print design – game design – GPS – health – IoT – iOS – MapBox SDK – mobile development – motion graphics – NFC / RFID – physical computing – Processing – psychology – sound design – Swift – UI/UX – walking


Heim was developed in order to create an augmented reality experience based on our current understanding of memory – aural, spatial, autobiographical, personal, and communal – that is:

[1]  Structurally reflective both of the city as an artificial, spatial infrastructure and of the biological neural network through its use of pathways and nodes

[2]  Able to strengthen memory through encouraged connectivity both within and between these biological/mental and artificial/spatial network systems

[3]  Adaptive and living: evolving based on personalized contributions by its players and growing over time

[4]  Accessed in real time and space through exploring new spaces and taking “the road less traveled”


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