‘86½ years’ is a web experience using both photography and audio to tell stories of Joseph Markovitch, a London pensioner, who had lived in East London area his entire live. It is a homage to him, payed by Hoxton Mini Press, a small and locally run East London publishing house, and Clubhouse Studios. The narrative, driven by the eye tracking technology, makes the website both unique and sentimental journey.
To deliver the project, Clubhouse was looking for a team of frontend developers to collaborate with.
They needed somebody who would collaborate working alongside their studio team and under their creative direction to support the production of the website. All photos, designs, copy and audio have been made in East London area, by a collaborative effort of Hoxton Mini Press and Clubhouse Studios.
The navigation of 86½ years was triggered by users opening and shutting their eyes.
Having worked on face recognition-based projects before, we knew that this particular feature would be challenging to implement. It’s one thing to recognize the face or the eyes of the user, but it’s much trickier to detect whether the eyes are shut or open. Additionally, the detection had to happen in real-time to make sure the navigation was seamless. In order to make it happen we experimented with several different tools and ultimately went with Visage Technologies HTML5 SDK. As a result, closing one's eyes triggers Joseph’s stories. When you open your eyes photos of him appear.