Augmented Reality Korean Unification Project

Mark Skwarek's "Augmented Reality Korean Unification Project" uses augmented reality to remove "weapons, checkpoints, fortifications, barriers, walls, and all reminders of the ongoing conflict from the Korean landscape." I think saying that it "erases the scars left by years of conflict between North and South Korea" may be a bit of an overstatement, but using AR to present alternate realities unaffected by real history is conceptually fascinating. "The Augmented Reality Korean Unification Project" (Thanks, Jason Tester!)


  1. If North Koreans see this it will blow their minds.

    Not so much the Augmented reality, but the magic picture box.

    1. Hi-

      I am the maker of the project and you are correct- currently what is
      presented is Photoshoped visualizations. I am going to make this clear
      on the website and note it on the youtube. I am traveling to Korea to
      document the augments on August 7th, I will post my video of the
      “realtime augmented reality” at the DMZ very soon..  I’m very sorry
      about the confusion-
      At the same time the augments are currently located at the DMZ- Bring your iPhone!


  2. But will it remove the Kim family from power in North Korea?  That would probably go a lot further to erasing scars due to years of conflict.

  3. It’s a nice thought. Expressing the idea through AR gives the dream something approaching tangibility. When something is tangible, it becomes clearer and seems more attainable. It crumbles away one more stone between us and the reality most of us want.

  4. Great idea! But one major conceptual flaw: How many North Koreans can afford to own an iPad or risk being in public with one to implement an idea like this?

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