New York Times Augmented Reality: How We’ll Bring the News Into Your Home
By GRAHAM ROBERTS
The New York Times is about to expand our journalism so you can experience it in three dimensions, just by picking up your phone.
Something profound has happened to your camera.
Its very purpose — capturing images — has expanded to include a new role: creating a bridge between our physical and digital worlds.
That means with a smartphone camera, you will be able to see an Olympic figure skater suspended at the peak of a quadruple jump as if he were floating in your living room. The camera can become a window into a world enhanced with digital information — adding a piece of sculpture to your bedroom or a car to your driveway. Neither actually there, but appearing to be and believably so.
This is fundamentally what connects augmented reality and journalism.
It is a new pathway that can lead away from the abstract depiction of objects and toward a more visceral sense of real-life scale and physicality.
Stories that describe our three-dimensional world can be delivered in the round, in front of you. Want a closer look at that sculpture? No need to pinch your phone’s screen to zoom. Just walk up to it. For a different angle, there’s no swiping to the next image. Just walk around it.