Immersive news without goggles or glasses? That would be the NewsBox

While many news innovations concern ways to put journalism in your pocket, NewsBox is dramatically different: It aims to transport you into the story.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | October 7, 2015

The brainchild of Tine Mølgaard Hansen and Daniel Møltzen, NewsBox is  another one of the remarkable research projects on the GAMI (Global Alliance for Media Innovation) stand.

As the pair explain, “We’re creating an installation we call NewsBox, where you enter the box and find yourself in the news. Let’s say it’s a refugee camp in Syria and you would see it in 360 degrees and be free to look around and interact, digging deeper into the story by touching what interests you. A soundscape and voice-over accompany you as you go, and if you want to see what it’s like to live in a tent, you touch it to be transported to the interior. To see where refugees end up in Greece, you can teleport there with a touch.”

Truly immersive news you can interact with is a great concept. Despite the project being in very early days, there is already interest in the idea of a news installation for children bringing them real news but tailored to their age and interests.

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