Source: Scott Hessels 2008
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GPS Film is the first locative media narrative system to merge mobile and GPS technologies. A way to watch cinema based on the viewer’s location and movement, the original source code was released as an open source application. Now recognized as predicting future applications for mobile technologies, GPSFilm invented a new form of film-viewing experience by using the place and movement of the viewer to reveal the story.

By exploring a park, a neighborhood, or even a city or country, GPSFilm continually ‘reads’ the location of the viewer and plays scenes that are tied to those places.The more the viewer travels, the more of the film they see.

The first film made specifically for the system, Singaporean filmmaker Kenny Tan's "Nine Lives" is a chase comedy of mistaken identity that unfolds as the viewer explores nine neighborhoods in Singapore's downtown. Each of nine neighborhoods tells a different part of the story of how a confused exchange of 3 duffle bags on a public train causes a hapless office worker to be running from both the Police and a dim-witted crime gang.
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United States Patent No. : 8,744,236 Date of Grant : 3 Jun 2014
Title : Method Apparatus Film and System for Film Viewing with Apparatus Location Control
Inventor : Derwin Scott Hessels

Singapore Patent Number 159004 (2010)
International Patent Number WO 2009/022983 A1 (2009)
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