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Higgs Particle Phenomenon Can be Witnessed in AR Through New York Times Application

Travelling back to the beginning of the Universe is not a realistic possibility for mankind. But a latest augmented reality experience created by The New York Times is helping its reader base experience a very close simulation. It is the latest simulation experience for time travel.


Image by Tommy Palladino/Next Reality

Image by Tommy Palladino/Next Reality

The New York Times recently published the “Its Intermission for the Large Hadron Collider,” which is a visual storytelling experience. The tour takes participants through the insides of the Large Hadron Collider, present at CERN or the European Center for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. Participants are able to explore the renowned scientific breakthrough; the Higgs boson.

The entire tour experience is centred around virtual reality (VR) video and a collection of 360-degree photographs. It delves deep into the huge Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which is a mechanism that physicists utilise for shattering subatomic particles with each other. This represents the ancient phenomenon of the Big Bang and sheds light on the mystery of the Universe

The Higgs Boson is a subatomic particle that helps to create a better understanding of the laws of physics. It was discovered back in 2012 through the Large Hadron Collider. This particular particle is also useful for gaining proof regarding the creation of the Universe and theoretical evidence for life.

Augmented reality now enables New York Times readers to observe a particle collision that was instrumental in providing that Higgs boson exists. It also helped the organisation earn a Nobel Prize. The NY Times application utilises the surface tracking features of ARCore and ARKit, to project three-dimensional collision data sourced from the Atlas collider, back in June 2012.


Image by Tommy Palladino/Next Reality

The three-dimensional virtual reality model exhibits the collider’s outline, along with the collision particle paths. The particle paths track particles that had pierced the iron and lead walls of the inner detector. Participants of the virtual reality experience will be able to gain a life-size version of the Large Hadron Collider, being considerably large in its scale.

The Higgs boson VR development is a follow up from the New York Times, with a recent one being February’s Winter Olympics feature.

NYTVR immersive technology team has developed a practice of content capture based on photogrammetry. It involves stitching numerous photos together for generating a three-dimensional model. Volumetric capture, which incorporates upwards of a hundred cameras for 3D capture. This team was also responsible for creating a feature of the Guatemala volcanic event, specifically for the Helio AR from Magic Leap.

The total number of augmented reality experiences created by the publisher includes 13 different developments. It has released more than one article every month. The New York Times is a is making considerable efforts to cover innovations in the field of augmented reality (AR). It is marching ahead of its competitors in this regard. However, there are many other publications that are also making efforts in this domain. ABC News, Washington Post and USA Today are some notable mentions.



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