Blog Post 2

One post that was extremely interesting to read about was an article talking about four star olympians to watch in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The article addresses how in the olympics it is often hard to get a full sense of what these athletes are putting their bodies through, as they often take off at unimaginable speeds and turn their bodies in all different ways most people cannot even imagine. This New York Times articles, takes four star athletes that will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics and for the first time, presents an augmented reality where the viewer can see these people in a 360 view doing their different talents, ranging from a figure skater, to a speed skater, to a ice hockey goalie, and lastly a snowboarder. The article discusses each athlete and proceeds by showing them in augmented reality form doing one of their talents and takes the viewer along for the ride explaining what is happening in the 3D augmented reality image.

This article demonstrates the future of storytelling and a sense of interactivity. Like the various different multimedia platforms we have discussed in class, ranging from HQ to the app, Episode, this article allows the reader to participate in the article in an interactive way. By using a smartphone or tablet, one is able to get up close and personal with the different olympians and actually see the height, of olympian Nathan Chen’s skis, or see how hockey goalie Alex Rigsby’s opens up her glove and extends her body to cover the majority of the net. The augmented reality component allows the olympian to show up on the floor of wherever you are and as you move your phone ad yourself around a flat surface, you can see the olympian move too. I found this component very interesting as it shows how even news sources are moving into multimedia forms of news and demonstrating how multimedia can apply to anything. By having augmented reality part of this article, it not only made it interactive, but it made it more enjoyable to read because I wanted to actually know who  and what the olympian was doing before I moved them around the floor of the library. This article is the first New York Times article to use this technique, but after seeing how compelling it is I would not be surprised to see it pop up more in different news sources.