Augmented reality in Journalism

What is the difference between AR and VR?
Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is an interactive experience that combines the real world and computer-generated content.

  • Overlay AR, e.g Social media filters
  • Location-based AR, e.g Pokemon go
  • Projection-based AR e.g Augmented axe throwing/touch panels
Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is a simulated experience that employs pose tracking and 3D near-eye displays to give the user an immersive feel of a virtual world.

  • Non-immersive, e.g a world in a computer game
  • Semi-immersive, e.g This immersion experience is strictly visual
  • Fully-Immersive, e.g Wearable technology into a virtual world

Examples of AR use

1. Scan this QR code with your phone to navigate to 8thWall.

2. The page ‘Discover WebAR’ should be visible.

3. Tick ‘Playable’

4. See how many experiences you can try!

Further Reading

To view even more ways that you can use AR inside Journalism please follow the link to the right to view Journalism 3600

NY times AR section

Esquire’s AR cover

Download Kiri Engine

  • Maximum 70 pics (free version)
  • Minimum 20
  • Can take a long time to generate – minutes to hours
  • Avoid shiny or thin surfaces. These do not translate well
  • Limited exports on free version (capped at 3)
  • The file format export is: .obj which is useable in nearly all 3D programmes

.obj filetypes? These need to be converted

For our scans to work in Blippar they need to be converted to the universal filetype for 3D models – .glb. You can do this with an online converter such as this one

So how to put our scans in an AR space?

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