Drift: a tool for getting lost in familiar places

Drift v1.5 has been submitted & now approved on the App Store (June 14, 2012). This update offers some UI improvements and should fix the issues users have faced on iPhone 3G and 3GS regarding your current location. More information is available here.

Finally launched and available in the iOS App Store!

Drift helps you get lost in familiar places by guiding you on a walk using randomly assembled instructions. Each instruction will ask you to move in a specific direction and, using the compass, look for something normally hidden or unnoticed in our everyday experiences.

As you find these hidden or unnoticed things, you will be asked to document them with the camera, creating a photographic record of you walk. Drift also keeps track of where and when you took the photos and makes your documentation optionally available for others to view through the Drift website.

Drift was developed by Justin Langlois in collaboration with Broken City Lab.

This project was generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant for Emerging Artists.

25 Replies to “Drift: a tool for getting lost in familiar places”

  1. Love this concept! I did my first today, on bike. Is there any way to share maps and photos of drifts?

    1. Working on a more robust solution, but for now, some of the most recent photos from Drifts marked as public are shown in the sidebar of our site!
      When you click on a photo, it shows the location it was taken on a map. Hoping to integrate this into the app itself (eventually).

  2. Had so much fun with this today. Was getting very bored walking around the same old streets with the baby every day, now I can’t wait for tomorrow’s walk! Cheers Heather (Australia)

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