In his most recent storytelling report, Augmented Reality, New York Times shows the virtual actor he designed to prove that the Syrian military waged chemical wars against its citizens.
In the article "How We Created a Virtual Crime Scene to Investigate the Chemical Attack in Syria," readers (using the NY Times App for iOS or Android) can place the 3D model of the detonation scene in their physical environment and around the remains from a chlorine bomb. As they examine the scene, annotations highlight the evidence. As usual, users can switch between life-size and tabletop models.
The attack occurred on April 7 in a residential building in Douma, a city outside Damascus. While a UN report reveals that in the attack, chlorine killed up to 49 people, Syrian and Russian officials denied that an attack had taken place, with Russian media reports alleging that the attack was orchestrated
where the attack took place is inaccessible to the media, so checking the evidence of the first-hand attack was prohibitive. Instead, the Times and Forensic Architecture, a research agency at Goldsmiths, University of London, were able to use the same Russian media reports to create a 3D model of the scene along with additional footage of Syrian activists. The model shows that a military helicopter dropped the chlorine-containing bomb.
"It was created using photographs and videos from various sources, and used projection mapping techniques to direct the photographic evidence directly onto the representation of the We put the model into two forms in AR: life size and model scale. The default value is the life size, since the scene is just small enough to fit into a reasonable space and give you the best spatial understanding. Actually, this could be called an interactive virtual reality experience that uses the AR technology because it's less about it to see them in the context of your space, and more about the mode of interaction we can provide, "said Graham Roberts, director of immersive platforms for the New York Times in an email to Next Reality  This story, along with her contribution to the Volcán de Fuego eruption in Guatemala, shows how Augmented Reality b used to bring readers closer to the raw topic. It appears that AR is better suited for features than current news, but Roberts claims that the application of AR is possible on hard news reports.
"From a technological point of view AR can actually be rotated at brand new speed, as long as the execution is relatively simple – an object without too much interaction, for example." Most of what takes a lot of time at this point is this innovation page, the working to push the medium forward and exploring new things with each release For our story about the destruction of the volcano in Guatemala, the constraints were linked to what such a story would have – access, intelligence, and thorough reporting – not so very much the fact that we chose AR as the medium, "said Roberts.