Although it is not possible (at least for now) to travel to the past to see the Big Bang, The New York Times has given its readers the latest augmented reality feature best simulation of the experience delivered.
On Friday, the Times published "It's Intermission for the Large Hadron Collider," an interactive story that offers readers a virtual tour of the Large Hadron Collider of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN ) in Switzerland, exploring their most famous discovery, the Higgs boson.
A series of 360-degree photos and an accompanying VR video make a virtual tour of the massive and costly Large Hadron Collider, the ena The physicists are trying to collapse subatomic particles to simulate the conditions of the Big Bang and reveal the hidden secrets of the universe.
In 2012, the device enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle that incorporates the laws of physics and proves some theories about the life and evolution of the universe.
Now, through Augmented Reality, readers can see one of the particle collisions that prove the existence of the Higgs boson and bring a Nobel Prize to the team. Using the surface tracking features of ARKit and ARCore, the app projects the 3D collision data from the Atlas collider, as it did on June 10, 2012.
The 3D model shows an outline of the device and the orbits of the particles from the collision, tracking several rare particles that were able to penetrate the outside of the inner detector of the collider with lead and iron. The experience is in line with the Large Hadron Collider, which extends across an average living room and into adjacent rooms.
. The Higgs Boson Experience includes a rich first year of augmented reality articles from the time beginning with the introductory film and coverage of the February Winter Olympics.
NYTVR's immersive platform team has developed its practice of capturing content using photogrammetry, and hundreds of photos have been assembled to create a 3D model using over 100 cameras to film a subject in 3D. The team even updated their story about the volcanic eruption in Guatemala for the Magic Leap Helio AR browser.
The publisher's mobile AR portfolio portfolio is now 13, marking a month of more than one article. In terms of frequency of reporting and content innovation, the Times is far ahead of the competition in the use of augmented reality in reporting. This does not mean, however, that the rest of the media landscape is at a standstill. The Washington Post USA Today ABC News and others are also working to harness the technology for more immersive storytelling.
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