Quartz readers who use the media company's mobile app can view augmented reality objects placed in a story

Online media company Quartz uses its mobile app to send its readers a brief synopsis of news articles, allowing them either to explore the topic further or move on. Now, the Quartz app comes with augmented reality in some of its summaries.

The team thought this was a good time to jump into using augmented reality for news stories with Apple’s iOS 11 update making it easier for app developers to use it. The first AR model appeared in a story about the Cassini probe developed by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. So far, the Quartz team has noted the difficulty of finding relevant augmented reality models, and when they do locate them, they have to do a bit of editing to make them look as realistic as possible. When readers access an augmented reality item, they can only walk around or resize the objects before they dive into the story.

John Keefe, product manager at Quartz, aims to always have at least one story with an augmented reality in it on the app at any given time.

Quartz App

Online media company Quartz uses its mobile app to send its readers a brief synopsis of news articles, allowing them either to explore the topic further or move on. Now, the Quartz app comes with augmented reality in some of its summaries.

The team thought this was a good time to jump into using augmented reality for news stories with Apple’s iOS 11 update making it easier for app developers to use it. The first AR model appeared in a story about the Cassini probe developed by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. So far, the Quartz team has noted the difficulty of finding relevant augmented reality models, and when they do locate them, they have to do a bit of editing to make them look as realistic as possible. When readers access an augmented reality item, they can only walk around or resize the objects before they dive into the story.