Ghostly app a ‘world first’

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Oamaru’s Derek Golding says a phone app he has created, which offers an augmented reality ghost experience, is a world first.

The app is being launched tonight at The Criterion Hotel and can be used on iPhones, iPads and android phones.

“Hopefully it will promote use of the old quarter after dark and encourage tourists to visit other parts of the town at night too,” he said.

“Ghosts can be installed in most locations.”

Users of the app will be given hints on where to find the ghosts and, when in the correct location, a ghost will appear on their screen.

“They will be able to find and see the different ghosts,” he said.

There are at least 10 “trapped spirits” from between the The Criterion Hotel and the railway bridge.

“This sort of thing is a world first, which I’m quite proud of,” he said.

The free app, called Junaio, can be accessed through scanning a QR code on flyers available at Birdlands Wine Bar, The Criterion and www.haunting.co.nz.

The ghosts were created by filming people on a green screen and turning them into a ghost using professional software.

“Some of them are looking really good actually,” he said.

Mr Golding said this app was an assessment on how the software will work in Oamaru.

“I just thought it would be a good idea,” he said.

“There’s a few people showing an interest at the moment.”

Mr Golding said he has had to learn four different computer languages, two different video packages and had to learn how to use a green screen.

Tourism Waitaki general manager Jason Gaskill said they applauded any efforts to provide both locals and tourists with Waitaki specific activities.

“We think it’s fantastic,” he said.

By Jessie Waite