Augmented Reality Mural Debuts in Raleigh

‘8-bit to 5G’ is an homage to the history of technology and gaming
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This week, a new major mural was unveiled by the Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee in downtown Raleigh. “8-bit to 5G” celebrates the history of technology and gaming, and it’s a collaboration between Subnation Media, an esports entertainment company, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and funding from Red Hat. It can be found at 429 S. Wilmington St.

Raleigh native Taylor White is the artist behind the mural and is responsible for another augmented reality mural at 410 S. Salisbury St. (a project with Google Fiber). Found inside her new mural are icons of gaming and tech, from Mario-inspired cubes to pixelated technoscapes. “It features interactive, AR elements powered by Omniscape technology by Raleigh-based Transmira Inc., that will enable the community to engage with the artwork,” a release says.

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“The artwork includes a collage of characters, graphics, hardware, and other elements that represent a multitude of game genres and titles played, watched, and made here in Greater Raleigh, making this a must visit, social media and interactive experience for downtown visitors,” it continues. “This comes on the heels of live and virtual esports events driving millions of dollars in economic impact, thousands of jobs, and academic, corporate, and economic development collaboration with Red Hat, ESL, Ubisoft, Wake Tech Esports, NC State, Pepsi, and more.”

On her Instagram, the artist says to “stay tuned for updates on when you will get to enjoy this mural in AR.”

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