Blurring the lines between reality and augmented reality.
Japan is home to some of the busiest train stations in the worldand yet, somehow, the continuous influx of passengers exiting the trains and heading for the exits is surprisingly smooth.
One of the reasons for the smooth transition is the many signs telling people where to go. However, depending on the location of the station, it is not always easy to install luminous illuminated signs to convey all the necessary information, which is why some stations now place signs on the ground instead.
▼ One of these stations is Fuchuhommachi, located in the city of Fuchu in Tokyo
Here at Fuchuhommachi Station, the floor signs really stand out, as they use the powers of the art of trickery to convey the messages. a 3D appearance that makes them appear to be floating towards you.
▼ Yes, what you see is real.
The signs look like something you’d see in an augmented reality mobile game, but that’s really what they look like to the naked eye. The effect is amazing – the arrow pointing to the Musashino line, for example, seems to hover in the air.
▼ It’s hard to resist the urge to jump on the floating arrow like a video game character wanting to get back to the Musashino line.
While the orange arrow points to the Musashino line, the two yellow arrows point to the Nambu line, with the left one taking you towards Tachikawa, and the right one taking you in the opposite direction, towards Kawasaki.
The whole point of these signs is to prevent commuters from making the mistake of walking out of here to change lines. The bright red “Stop!” sign here does this to great effect, while the green sign behind, which reads “Exit” in English and “This is the exit!” in Japanese, warns commuters why they should stop and think twice before going through the turnstiles.
East Japan Rail, which runs the station, says the new signs debuted here in February this year, as a “leading guide” for customers to change trains smoothly. They have already proven to be an effective and cost-effective way to prevent a common problem from occurring, with fewer mistakes made just one month after they were put in place.
The high impact of these signs also makes them potentially useful for a variety of scenarios outside of the station, such as when people need to be alerted to stop on roads and sidewalks. Hopefully we’ll see more of these floating signs pop up to help us with daily life in the future, because everyone should be able to enjoy the wonders of trick art – not just the shadow warriors at this ninja station. .
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