Today, The New York Times takes a major step into virtual reality. In collaboration with Google, the Times is delivering Google Cardboards to its US subscribers and offering a new form of storytelling experience. It could be a major development in virtual reality and shape the future of news – please let us know what you think.
If you already have a Google Cardboard device, download the NYT VR mobile app (we’ve included the links below). Even if you don’t have Cardboard, you can still use the App to experience the stories in a 360 degree immersive videos.
How do I watch?
If you have an iPhone, you can find the NYT VR app in the App Store.
If you have an Android phone, download it from Google Play.
The NY Times VR stories
War has driven 30 million children from their homes by war and persecution. The Times focuses on three of them: an 11-year-old boy from eastern Ukraine named Oleg, a 12-year-old Syrian girl named Hana, and a 9-year-old South Sudanese boy named Chuol.
Here are the links to the introduction and the stories:
In the NY Times VR app, you can also watch a virtual-reality film, “Walking New York,” about the making of a Times Magazine cover with the artist JR.
Maya Georgieva is an EdTech and XR strategist, futurist and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education policy. Her most recent work focuses on innovation, VR/AR and Immersive storytelling, design and digital strategy. Maya actively writes and speaks on the topics of innovation, immersive storytelling and the future of education and consults organizations and startups in this space.