One of many companies dabbling with the expensive technology, the New York Times announced that some of its immersive journalism will be available on Magic Leap One. Neato. As a fun fact, the publication is the only publisher with an experience available on “Magic Leap One, Creator Edition.”
The Times’s first bit of content for “Magic Leap One Creator Edition” is a MR version of its immersive report, bringing people to explore the damage caused by the Fuego volcano eruption in the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes.
Phone users shouldn’t be left out, as it is also available on their personal devices via the NYTimes app.
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Steve Duenes, assistant managing editor, The New York Times, said: “The New York Times is dedicated to helping people understand the world through unrivaled, on-the-ground, expert and deeply reported independent journalism. As we continue to integrate new forms of storytelling, like mixed reality, into our news report, we are able to bring Times journalism to readers in a way that makes it more immediate than ever before.”
According to their release, their collaboration with Magic Leap is the next step in its continued exploration of immersive journalism, which is pretty neat. Additionally, the publication launched NYT VR in November 2015 and the publication of the VR documentary “The Displaced” (about three children displaced by war), including the distribution of more than one million Google Cardboard headsets to Times subscribers.
That’s not the only news from a partner; Shutterstock announced it has partnered with Magic Leap to bring pics and video to help developers bring their content some life. Shutterstock is providing its visual assets through Magic Leap’s platform.