Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk exactly in this moment through Tokyo, Havanna or Rome? Have you ever dreamed of traveling to India, Brasil, or Spain, but you didn't have enough time or money to go there? Ayi is made for moments like these.
Ayi takes you on a walk through cities far away—wherever you are, whenever you are up to it, in real-time. You'll visit the most important sights of a city, you'll learn about its history, and you'll get to know the people who shaped that city’s history, politics, and culture.
Ayi takes the distances between the other city’s sights and mirrors them onto your way—no matter where you are. Ayi doesn't care where you go, it will follow your lead. Ayi will show you the sights as soon as you walked the given distances. Depending on weather condition and time of day, your experience of the city will change.
After the tour, you'll have a notebook of memories, that offers even more opportunities to explore the city. It is filled with short biographies, 360°-views of buildings, and recommendations for movies, books, music, and recipes. Ayi turns the whole day into a journey through the city of your daydreams.
Ayi audio guide:
- turns a walk into a tour through another city
- mirrors distances between sights onto your way
- adjusts the tour to weather condition and time of day
- works with your phone’s voice-assistant to offer real-time information
- shows live-images, uploaded by people on location
FROM QUESTION TO PROTOTYPE
The app-concept is the result of my master thesis; it evolved from the question: How can it be made possible to experience faraway places by means of real-time data? The goal was to discover different solutions, without trying to develop a polished product.
I used Lisbon as an example for the app-concept, but the ideas could be applied to other cities, as well. I split the day into three parts to come up with separate ideas and to convey different aspects of the city:
1. Morning commute:A short-story about social housing projects in the suburbs of Lisbon, which adapts to weather conditions.
2. Lunch break:An audio guide that conveys the spatial situation of Lisbon, by applying it to the user's city.
3. After work:A cardboard-vr-app with a view over Lisbon, that uses flight data to display passing planes.
I developed one prototype for each solution and selected the audio guide as the most promising idea. The audio guide was going to be a single product that is usable at any time; therefore, I had to rework the concept: I wrote a new script for the audio guide, added more ways to follow the real-time idea, included useful aspects of the other prototypes, and drew new wireframes.
- ready for use at any time
- uploads from Instagram offer a current look at the sights
- you can listen to curated playlists between sights
- the tour is now narrated by a guide and the voice assistant adds information about the current weather, the distance walked and the persons mentioned
- the tour guide adjusts its narrative perspective to the time of day
Now, the streets are flooded with cars, the tourists admire the façades, and the tram jiggles over the hills. But at night, when restaurants are closed, when commuters are back home, and when the tourists are asleep, you would hear, at the most, garbage trucks gathering the remains of the day.
Now, the restaurants are closed, commuters are at home, and the tourists are asleep, only the garbage trucks gather the remains of the day. But during the day, the streets are flooded with cars, tourists admire the façades, and the tram jiggles over the hills.