On Monday, the world watched in horror as the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames.
Just a few days later, on Wednesday, [[USA] ]'s Augmented Reality team created a related interactive 3D experience for its app that represented the famous structure that emerged before the fire.
The news business released the interactive experience for its iOS and Android apps along with its traditional report on the city's fire and recovery plans. At the moment, the story is under the Top Stories section of the app and is highlighted in blue text "Interactive Story" above the story. USA Today Enhances Notre Dame Fire Protection with Augmented Reality Experience ”
The story presents an incredibly detailed story 3D model of the structure, with hotspots where users can access the hotspots to access additional information. including pictures of the famous tower of the church in flames. In addition, users can customize the size of the virtual building at will.
Last year both The New York Times and USA Today debuted as a journalism practice with Augmented Reality. with the Times which operates at a brisk pace of more than one story per month and at the same time breaks new ground with technologies such as volumetric video. USA Today Improves Notre Dame Fire Protection with Augmented Reality Experience ” width=”270″ height=”270″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
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This Year USA Today has assumed the frequency with which Times AR has produced stories from the year 2018. So far USA Today dealt with topics ranging from the NHL and the Oscars to the tallest buildings of the World and their latest work on Notre Dame are ready for breaking news, this story shows that media companies can now produce AR stories relatively quickly. Granted, the content of the AR did not appear as fast as the user-generated videos that appeared on Twitter in real-time, but it was still fast.
"From a technological point of view, AR can actually be flipped over Current news 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," said Graham Roberts, director of Immersive Platforms for ] The New York Times last year in an email to Next Reality. "The timeline is very specific to each project and tends to be shorter as we create efficiency and learn more about what works."
At this speed, it does not take long for AR to be ready to show up-to-the-minute news in real time. For the moment it will take a few days.