New “1600” augmented reality app puts a new spin on the White House

See the White House differently

Want a taste of augmented reality, but you’re not into playing games like Pokemon Go? Well then why not take a virtual tour around the history rich White House?

Yes, the Presidential mansion just got itself a personal AR app called “1600” – in reference to its physical address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


All you need to get started is download the app of course and a 1 dollar bill. When users point their device at the bill, the app will focus on George Washington’s face in order to create a miniature version on top of it.

White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest announced the new app via an official blog post saying:

“President Obama has used traditional events and new technology to open up the doors of the White House to more Americans than before. That’s why we teamed up with White House Historical Association and Nexus Studios to create this augmented reality experience – to educate and inspire Americans to learn all about what the People’s House stands for.”

There’s not much to do with the app right not. You can view the White House from various angles, but you can’t interact with the scale model or explore all rooms. However, the app might be subjected to updates soon.


What you’ll get is a narrated, visual tour through the seasons and various official events, like the White House Easter Egg Roll. Users can also tap on certain areas of the White House to unlock hidden “Easter eggs” including past presidents.

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