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New York Times partners Google on virtual reality project

  • The New York
    Times and Google have announced plans to team up on a virtual reality project,
    which will distribute more than a million of the tech firm’s Cardboard viewers,
    Agence France-Presse said in a
    report.
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  • The low-tech
    gadget, which sells for as little as $4 and allows people to watch immersive

    • The New York
      Times and Google have announced plans to team up on a virtual reality project,
      which will distribute more than a million of the tech firm’s Cardboard viewers,
      Agence France-Presse said in a
      report.
    •  
    • The low-tech
      gadget, which sells for as little as $4 and allows people to watch immersive
      videos on smartphones, will be distributed to New York Times subscribers for
      the release of a virtual reality film, “The Displaced,” about
      children uprooted by war.
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    • The film is
      “the first critical, serious piece of journalism using virtual
      reality,” and is designed “to shed light on one of the most dire
      humanitarian crises of our lifetime,” New York Times executive editor Dean
      Baquet said in a statement Tuesday.
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    • The Times
      said it would distribute the viewers a crude virtual reality device made of
      folded cardboard to print subscribers the weekend of November 7-8, and would
      offer digital subscribers codes to obtain the device for free.
    •  
    • The New York
      Times Magazine produced the film in collaboration with virtual reality company
      Vrse to show the experience of children caught in the global refugee crisis. It
      follows the daily lives of three children from South Sudan, eastern Ukraine and
      Syria.
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    • “The
      power of VR is that it gives the viewer a unique sense of empathic connection
      to people and events,” said Jake Silverstein, editor in chief of the Times
      Magazine.
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    • “In the
      context of international reporting and conflict reporting, where our readers
      rely on us to bring them news and stories from remote and inaccessible places,
      this has huge potential. Through this immersive video experience, we can put
      our readers at the center of the most important story of our time.”
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    • A
      two-dimensional version of the film will also be available on the Times
      website.
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    • A Cardboard
      software kit works with Apple or Android smartphones, turning the phones into
      screens for the low-cost viewers.
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    • Hundreds of
      applications have been created to work with Cardboard, taking advantage of
      position-sensing capabilities in smartphones to give wearers a sense of looking
      around in virtual environments while turning their heads.

     

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