Soak in history real-time using upcoming virtual app

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John F Kennedy and Jacqueline
Former President John F. Kennedy and former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy are shown in the presidential limousine in the moments before Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 in this television footage. November 22 marks the the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy in Dallas. Reuters/File Photo

For individuals with a deep uncontrollable desire to travel and soak in history, a proposed new virtual reality app can serve as a time travel device that can easily update historical knowledge in real time. Timebound app is a recent innovation that is gaining ground in terms of backers.

To be made officially available on iOS and Android, the learning app slated for release in May lets people follow historical milestones in a way leading social networking sites have not really been able to offer. The advantage of a dedicated app is that it gives users both access and updates to selected key events in history.

To date, the proposed time travel app has obtained pledges amounting to US$5,442 (around AU$7,033) and now has 315 backers. The  target amount of pledges is US$20,000 (AU$25,858), according to the project on Kickstarter.

Initially downloadable for free, the user-friendly app will provide historical images and other visual representations such as maps and other media forms. Users who have gained access to the informational tool can be notified about developments connected to the events they have selected.

For instance, those who want to know details about the Fall of the Berlin Wall -- including its significance and specific details --can opt to get the nittry-gritty about that major historical event.  Those interested in knowing the detailed timeline of the John F Kennedy assassination will get blow-by-blow accounts along with event updates as they occur.

The creators of the new app have left no stone unturned. The technology converges an expert team of designers, writers and developers with vast experience in their respective fields. They have endured that only facts and figures from reliable sources make it into Timebound.

Academic historians have also been tapped to test the app and give their reviews for the duration of the campaign. For now, the app creators are open to touching base with educators for possible collaborations.

Dmitry Golubovsky, journalist, historian who holds a PhD in history, is currently the Timebound CEO. He brings with him 15 years of experience in media, including a three-year stint as editor-in-chief of Esquire Russia. When the new app gets off the launch phase, one new event will be added each passing week.

Other innovative apps to witness historical events unfold

To date, there are other innovative apps that provide an immersion tour of historic places and events. For a certain price, users can obtain and peruse details including a daily view of main developments, along with educational video clips, maps and photographs.

Such apps for relearning or teaching history broaden people’s knowledge with just a few clicks. They can embark on a fascinating journey across the world and get a glimpse of the wonders of the world or the most controversial events in interactive 3D. The key difference is that the latest innovation promises not just to be highly informative but engaging, too.