Placebase is a Android application that captures personal histories in place. To retrieve a story, you must be present where it was recorded and face the same direction as the author. By creating a shared perspective of place, the app shifts attention away from the device and onto the material contexts of our surroundings. The mobile phone tunes us in to the particular objects and people that make up our environments--ones that hold meaning for others who stood here before.
This prototype was designed and developed by Ashton Grosz under the advisement of Michael Nitsche in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's in Human-Computer Interaction at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Spring 2013.