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110 Stories app adds Twin Towers back to skyline

Kickstarter-funded project for iOS uses augmented reality to place outlines of the World Trade Center towers back into the New York skyline. The developers expect to have it released by the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

110 Stories app demonstration
This mock-up shows the idea behind the 110 Stories app. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The 10th anniversary of the fall of New York's World Trade Center towers is fast approaching. Brian August and his team of developers at Kickstarter are looking to memorialize the tragedy with 110 Stories, an augmented-reality app for iOS that will place the iconic buildings back into the New York skyline.

110 Stories is still in development, with a Kickstarter fundraiser wrapping up within a few days. The app will work by directing the user to point an iPhone camera at the former site of the towers. It will then etch an image of the towers over the picture and allow for comments that can be shared with others.

August topped his Kickstarter goal of $25,000 and is now looking to hit $35,000 in order to develop an Android version and implement new features in the app that will work for people outside of New York. Fashion designer Mark Ecko is one of the more than 420 contributors.

The app will be made available for free. It marks the culmination of a longtime obsession August has had with the empty space the Twin Towers once filled. He also plans to launch a series of art installations around the city that will stand as real-world representations of the towers.

The Twin Towers were landmarks that helped people orient themselves amid New York's many tall buildings. With 110 Stories, passers-by will be able to see their veritable ghosts.