The Teleporter Will Beam You Around the World by Chance

We’ve often wished we could beam ourselves Star Trek-style to different places and realities. And often the internet has seemed close to providing that ability — Almost. It’s just come a step closer.

Canadian artist Jim Andrews has created Teleporter, a website that will transport you to a random place in the world with a click of your mouse: chance encouners of a 3rd kind. The site opens with a shot of the Tardis, the sci-fi spacecraft Dr. Who uses to travel through space and time.  Andrews chose the Tardis image since “The Tardis is a little unreliable–you’re not quite sure where or when you’re going.” Using his Teleporter, you could end up anywhere; the algorithm calculates a random latitude and longitude somewhere on Earth, and then finds the closest panoramic photo in Google’s archives. Your travels might range to a park in the Amazon Basin to a grave on an island in the South Atlantic and then a boat in Russia to the Andes.

We find that the unexpected visual ‘jumps’ DO curiously feel like we’re being instantly transported…

And it’s kind a mind-expanding way to start your day OR escape in the midst of it…

via Fast Company


One Response to The Teleporter Will Beam You Around the World by Chance

  1. Linda 03.11.2014 at 12:42pm #

    This was really interesting. As I teleported to locations 1-15 my challenge was to “spin around” and guess where I might be located. Then I would “map” to see how close… not surprisingly I was 2 for 15. What a trip!

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