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Augmented Reality in Newspapers - Technology and Uses

Updated on April 19, 2014
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Linda Crampton teaches science and information technology. She enjoys learning about new technology and exploring its applications.


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A Metro newspaper photo that loads a movie trailer for Rio 2 when scanned, providing augmented reality, or AR
A Metro newspaper photo that loads a movie trailer for Rio 2 when scanned, providing augmented reality, or AR | Source
The video is superimposed on the photo, as seen on my iPad screen.
The video is superimposed on the photo, as seen on my iPad screen. | Source

Augmented reality is a new feature that is being added to newspapers to take readers beyond the printed page. Through augmented reality, or AR, readers can view moving content such as a video or an animation on a page of their newspaper. This illusion is created when an augmented reality program and the camera software of a smart phone or tablet work together.

Augmented reality is the process in which a digital image is superimposed on a scene from the real world, creating a view that is part reality and part virtual reality.

When AR is used with a newspaper, a photo in an article is scanned with the camera of a mobile device. An augmented reality program then loads digital content related to the photo and displays it as an overlay in the mobile device's camera view. This overlay is often positioned over the scanned photo so that the digital content appears to have replaced the photo.

The digital content loaded by the AR program is frequently a video or a photo gallery, but there are many other possibilities. Loading the latest news updates or sport scores, related social media, educational animations, a relevant map, a restaurant menu or a reservation page for a special event are all possible uses for newspaper AR.

Two of the newspapers in my part of the world have started to include regular AR content, which I've been exploring. In this article I'll describe AR technology for newspapers and its very interesting uses. I'll also discuss what I see as some possible problems related to the technology.

AR at the Tokyo Shimbun

News Alive and AR

Examples of Augmented Reality in Newspapers

More and more newspapers are adding augmented reality to enhance their product. They want to attract new audiences - especially young people - to increase their waning number of readers. Some papers use AR occasionally while others use it in every issue.

The Metro Newspaper

The Metro is a free weekday newspaper in the Greater Vancouver area that is including daily AR content. The full name of the newspaper is the Vancouver Metro to distinguish it from the Metro newspapers published by the same company in different places. According to what I've read, at least some of these related newspapers are also using AR.

So far in my exploration of the Metro newspaper's AR features I've encountered YouTube videos, movie clips, videos that seem to have been created specifically for the AR feature, extra photos, photo slide shows and an informative poster about training for a marathon. The newspaper has also offered a competition code that is available through AR. The artificial reality is provided via Metro's own app for mobile devices.

Burnaby NOW

Burnaby NOW (part of the NOW newspaper group) is a free community newspaper that is published twice a week. Each issue offers AR features similar to those of the Metro newspaper. The paper also enables people to buy concert tickets through augmented reality. Burnaby NOW uses the Layar app for AR.

Other Newspapers

The Tokyo Shimbun is a Japanese newspaper that uses AR to change articles aimed at adults into easily understandable articles for children. Animated cartoon characters, color, pop-up headlines and a simplified alphabet make the newspaper useful and entertaining for a child. In Australia, one newspaper group has used the News Alive AR app to let readers explore a 3D version of buildings.

Augmented Reality in Newspapers and Beyond

A photo of Sister Cristina Scuccia on a Metro demonstration page of newspaper AR
A photo of Sister Cristina Scuccia on a Metro demonstration page of newspaper AR
The photo has been scanned and is now covered with a YouTube video of Sister Scuccia singing, as viewed through my iPad.
The photo has been scanned and is now covered with a YouTube video of Sister Scuccia singing, as viewed through my iPad.

How Does Augmented Reality in Newspapers Work?

When the Metro published its first newspaper containing AR content it likened the newspaper to the ones appearing in the Harry Potter movies. In these newspapers, moving scenes appeared on a page containing otherwise static content. This type of newspaper would be wonderful in real life, but AR newspapers are definitely not like this (yet!).

The reader must have a smartphone or tablet with a camera as well as an Internet connection in order to use the AR features of a newspaper. In addition, the AR software must be able to link to the software controlling the camera of the mobile device. This should be no problem when using an iOS or Android device.

Augmented reality technology for newspapers is based on image recognition. With the aid of the camera app in the mobile device, the AR program identifies a photo and loads the digital content that is linked to that photo. As viewed through the camera, the linked content often appears as an overlay on top of the image that was scanned. If the digital content is a video, it does give the newspaper page a slightly Harry Potter-like appearance as it plays. Once the content is loaded, when the mobile device is moved away from the newspaper the content stays in view.

The Metro newspaper contains a photo and a description of The Lego Movie.
The Metro newspaper contains a photo and a description of The Lego Movie. | Source
I've zoomed in on the photo so that my iPad can scan it. Green dots (markers) are bring laid down as the vertical scan line moves over the image.
I've zoomed in on the photo so that my iPad can scan it. Green dots (markers) are bring laid down as the vertical scan line moves over the image. | Source
A clip from The Lego Movie has been loaded in the same position as the original photo.
A clip from The Lego Movie has been loaded in the same position as the original photo. | Source
I've moved away from the newspaper so that The Lego Movie clip fills the screen.
I've moved away from the newspaper so that The Lego Movie clip fills the screen. | Source

Marker-Based Augmented Reality

The augmented reality in my local Metro newspaper is marker based. The steps in using the AR from this newspaper on a mobile device such as my iPad mini are as follows.

  1. Open the newspaper app (which is available as a free download at the Apple store).
  2. Click the AR symbol on the front page of the app.
  3. The app opens the camera application on the iPad in scan mode. Fill the screen with the photo to be scanned.
  4. The photo is automatically scanned as a vertical green line moves over the photo. Markers (the green dots in the photo on the right) are temporarily laid down as the scan line moves.
  5. Information from the markers is sent to a newspaper computer.
  6. The computer compares the information from the scanned photo with the photo information stored in its database until it finds matching data.
  7. Once a match is found, the computer performs the action that it's programmed to perform when that photo has been identified (such as loading a particular video or slide show).

This process for obtaining AR content is fast when it works properly, as it often does. Sometimes the "Scan result not found" message appears, however. The scan line moves over the photo and markers appear and then disappear as normal, but the scan isn't successful.

The augmented reality feature in the Burnaby NOW newspaper works in the same general way as in the Metro newspaper. The Layar app used by Burnaby NOW examines outlines and edges in photos. It often works very well but sometimes fails to scan successfully.

When a photo scan quickly triggers interesting content to load, the AR feature is very enjoyable. When multiple scans are needed to obtain success the process is less enticing. The photo scanning and content loading procedures for augmented reality aren't foolproof. It's frustrating when they don't work, whatever the reason for the problem. I occasionally encounter a photo that I can't scan correctly, even when I try on multiple days and under multiple conditions.

Augmented Reality in the Burnaby NOW Newspaper

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An AR enhanced photo from Burnaby NOWThe photo is bring scanned.A link has been loaded.The linked informationThis augmented reality contains both a slide show and a video. A Burnaby NOW photo about a coal spill ; the Layar symbol on the right indicates that the photo is linked to augmented realityAdditional photos of the coal spill are available through augmented reality.
An AR enhanced photo from Burnaby NOW
An AR enhanced photo from Burnaby NOW | Source
The photo is bring scanned.
The photo is bring scanned. | Source
A link has been loaded.
A link has been loaded. | Source
The linked information
The linked information | Source
This augmented reality contains both a slide show and a video.
This augmented reality contains both a slide show and a video. | Source
A Burnaby NOW photo about a coal spill ; the Layar symbol on the right indicates that the photo is linked to augmented reality
A Burnaby NOW photo about a coal spill ; the Layar symbol on the right indicates that the photo is linked to augmented reality | Source
Additional photos of the coal spill are available through augmented reality.
Additional photos of the coal spill are available through augmented reality. | Source
AR in the Metro newspaper: when the photo is scanned, a video about a rat on a subway is shown.
AR in the Metro newspaper: when the photo is scanned, a video about a rat on a subway is shown. | Source

A Successful Augmented Reality Advertising Campaign

Improving Augmented Reality in Newspapers

Augmented reality in newspapers is potentially a very useful feature and could be a great enhancement to them in the near feature. I enjoy looking at digital content linked to newspaper articles. Based on my experience, however, the technology needs to be improved.

I consider the following features to be very important in order for augmented reality to work in newspapers.

  • The augmented reality feature should be easy to use, reliable and as foolproof as possible.
  • The scanning and content loading process should be rapid. Instant or very nearly instant gratification is necessary in order for AR to appeal to people.
  • The digital content should offer added value to the print article.
  • Ideally, the digital content should be obtainable only through the AR program and shouldn't be something that a person could find on the Internet on their own.
  • If the digital content is available on the Internet and can be accessed via a web browser, it's very important that obtaining it through an AR program is a rapid and convenient process.
  • Some people feel that the digital content should contain movement or interactivity, since otherwise static material in the newspaper is simply being replaced with more static material. I don't mind seeing static digital content as long as it's rich in new information.

One question that needs to be answered is whether people will want to look at digital content linked to newspapers when they could get all their information from the Internet and dispense with the newspaper altogether. Compelling or unique content in both the newspaper and its AR content might help to attract readers.

A slide show of the 2014 Masters Tournament loaded as augmented reality content from Burnaby NOW and viewed away from the newspaper page
A slide show of the 2014 Masters Tournament loaded as augmented reality content from Burnaby NOW and viewed away from the newspaper page | Source
The Metro newspaper allows someone to read an article about the Hold Steady and then listen to a sample of their latest music.
The Metro newspaper allows someone to read an article about the Hold Steady and then listen to a sample of their latest music. | Source

Other Examples of Augmented Reality Use

Other print media in addition to newspapers are starting to use augmented reality. The latest print version of Guinness World Records includes augmented reality, for example. Other books and magazines are beginning to use the technology as well.

Specialized AR apps are also appearing. Bing Translator for Windows Phone enables a traveler to point their mobile device at text written in another language and then read the text in their own language.

Augmented reality apps have also been developed to let people learn more about buildings, cars, museums displays, golf courses, mountains, stars and other parts of the environment. Some of these apps work by detecting location instead of by reading markers, but all display digital content in addition to real-life content.

People are already talking about a somewhat bizarre scenario. Perhaps our cities will soon be filled with people who are aiming their mobile device at objects around them in order to experience augmented reality. Some people predict that before this point is reached other AR devices that are easier to use than smart phones and tablets will be widespread.

Image Recognition That Triggers Augmented Reality

Another photo in the Metro newspaper that is linked to AR
Another photo in the Metro newspaper that is linked to AR | Source

Not Everyone Can Use New Technology

The potential uses of augmented reality technology are exciting, but as is the case with many other technological developments, they aren't available to everyone. Many people don't have a smart phone or a tablet with mobile Internet access. They either can't afford them or don't want to get them. In some areas the mobile devices or an Internet connection aren't available.

People involved with the creation and use of AR features are getting excited about the increasing number of people with smart phones and tablets and about the potential uses of augmented reality. The problem of supplying mobile devices for AR to everyone who would like them or could benefit from them - such as children in schools - is a major one, however.

In the high school where I teach, there are many "haves" with their own mobile device but also a significant number of "have nots". The school has discussed getting a class set of tablets, but we haven't done this yet because it would be an expensive purchase. The high cost is a shame, because augmented reality could be very useful in education.

The newspaper photo has been overlain by a digital photo and a slide show.
The newspaper photo has been overlain by a digital photo and a slide show. | Source
The iPad has been moved away from the newspaper, enabling the photos to be seen in a stand alone slide show.
The iPad has been moved away from the newspaper, enabling the photos to be seen in a stand alone slide show. | Source

The Future For Augmented Reality in Newspapers

I'm looking forward to seeing new developments in augmented reality features for newspapers, other publications and the environment and am very interested in its potential. However, at the moment I'm not confident in the success of AR for newspapers.

In its present implementation, viewing the AR features of a newspaper requires a commitment that people may not be willing to make. A newspaper reader must open an app, tap on the screen (in at least some apps), hover their device over an image, get a successful scan and wait for digital content to be loaded from a computer on the Internet.

This multistep process for obtaining augmented reality material may be acceptable when all the steps work rapidly and seamlessly, but not when one or more of them causes a bottleneck. Viewing augmented reality needs to be a "hover and see" process in order to attract people.

If AR technology is improved, however - which it almost certainly will be - all of its present applications could be very exciting. I hope the improvements come in time to help newspapers. I enjoy reading certain papers even when they have no AR features and would be very unhappy if they disappeared.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Alicia, at the risk of appearing dumb, I have to say I have never heard of this before. I mean, I know about reading newspapers and magazines on the internet with links to videos, but to have a real newspaper to hold in my hand, to be able to view moving pictures is something I've never heard of.

      I've concluded that I must be very far behind the times because after I read your excellent hub which explained AR perfectly, the suggested (related) hubs I clicked before coming back to leave this comment - had articles dated as far back as October 2012!

      I guess I'm just surprised that I've never heard of AR, given the amount of time I've spent on the internet in the past year or two.

      I thought I was a very "with it" Grandma, up to date on technology so I can talk to and understand my grandchildren and this has burst my bubble. lol

      Your hub was very good as were the videos. Thank you for cluing me in. lol

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Rachael. Don't feel bad about not hearing about augmented reality before! AR has been around for a while, but the pace of research and advances in technology have increased quite recently. I suspect that many people have never heard of augmented reality, or if they have, haven't thought much about it. I think that many people will become familiar with the topic in the near future, however! Thank you very much for the visit and the comment.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Augmented Reality is a great feature but as you have mentioned not everyone can access it. It is definitely like in the Harry Potter movies. Great write, interesting and informative.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, this is amazing technology. I'm also surprised it has been around for a couple of years. I haven't heard of 'augmented reality' either, but then I haven't looked at a newspaper for quite some time. We are usually a few years behind here n Australa though, so I doubt any of our newspapers are using it yet...but who knows. Voted up.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Vellur. I agree - augmented reality is a great feature, although as is the case for some other aspects of technology it does bother me that not everyone who wants to can access it.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Jodah. I appreciate your comment and the vote! The second video actually talks about the use of newspaper AR in Australia, but I don't know if the technology is currently being used in Australian newspapers.

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      I am another that has not heard of this technology before. You did a wonderful job of explaining all the details concerning AR technology. This sounds like something that will become more refined in the near future. Very interesting hub!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What'll they think of next! I would imagine AR is good news for the newspaper industry as they have had to compete with online newspapers. Thanks for letting us hear about augmented reality.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Pamela. Thank you very much for the comment! Yes, AR should improve and become very interesting in the next few years.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit, Rebecca. Print newspapers do need something to increase their popularity. Hopefully augmented reality will do the trick.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Change continues, doesn't it my friend? I wonder if newspapers will even exist in ten years? I wonder if there will always be dinosaurs like me who enjoy thumbing through real pages of print? Oh well...Happy Easter!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Happy Easter, Bill! Thanks for the visit. Although I read news on the web, I enjoy reading newspapers as well. Getting a new edition of a good newspaper is very satisfying. There is something special about turning the pages of a paper and discovering new things!

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      Susan W 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Wow, I have never seen this yet but it sounds super interesting. You have done a great job on this hub and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

      Containing AR in newspapers is an excellent idea because so many of us carry smartphones and tablets, and what may appear as static in a newspaper can really come to life through the usage of a tablet with video. There is a lot of expansion and innovation that will branch off from this, we really are heading into the futuristic years with AR, Google Glass and what not. It will be exciting to see how this continues. I like the examples that you provided in the photos

      Voted interesting, useful and shared. Linked to this from my Google Glass hub. Happy Easter!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, susi10. Yes, I think we are heading into some exciting times for augmented reality! I'm very interested in seeing how the technology progresses. I'm looking forward to reading your Google Glass hub. That device certainly has potential!

      Thank you so much for the kind comment, the votes, the share and the link. I appreciate them all! I hope you're having a very happy Easter.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So interesting--I hadn't realized this was being done --I will have to keep a look out for it

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Audrey. Yes, I'll be watching for new developments, too! Using AR in newspapers is an interesting topic. Thanks for the comment.

    • Larry Wall 2 years ago

      I am an old newspaper reporter. We told our stories with words and still pictures. The advantage was you could deliver the paper by throwing it in the yard and the only thing the consumer needed was the ability to read.

      Newspapers are dying. That is unfortunate because while the Internet may give us the national and international news (often in excess), the internet is not going to put the names of the people who made the Honor Roll at school, detail stories about high school football teams, pictures of the homecoming queens, actions of the city council, school board, etc.

      I live in a faily large city and we have one daily newspaper. It does a good job, but not great because of space limitations resulting from a decline in advertising.

      I am not going to hook up all the gadgets just to see a moving picture on my newspaper. This is an example of technology doing something that is not really needed.

      Just call me old.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow. And I still miss plain clack and white for the daily paper.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Larry. Thanks for the visit and the interesting comment. The state of many newspapers at the moment is sad. I hate to think of them dying, but I understand what you are saying about rescuing them with something that may not be needed or may not be widely accepted by the public. It will be interesting to see how consumers react to the presence of augmented technology in newspapers as the technology improves.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Maren Morgan. Thanks for commenting. AR is an interesting development. It remains to be seen whether it alters newspapers as we know them and improves their circulation or whether it has no effect on their decline.

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is very interesting. Whatever attracts more readers huh? I know that newspaper readership is on the decline and so newspapers are doing what they can to change it up and attract people who are addicted to their phones and social media.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, truthfornow. Yes, newspapers are doing what they can to increase their readership. I hope they succeed! Thanks for the comment.

    • Larry Wall 2 years ago

      When do people find time to read so much material off their smart phones and tablets. I worked for 22 years on the same job. During the last few I had a television turned to CNN on my left,my computer in front of me and a stack of work on my desk. One daily job was to write a news capsule about the oil and gas industry. I had a service that highlighted the stories. I use the first paragraph, put a headline on it and a link to the paper. THose that had copyrights, I asked permission.

      I had few people call me and asked me to stop because Louisiana was not a prime interest and they were receiving 10 other newsletters on their phones.

      There are some good writers in the news media--but you have to read and not scan. It is not necessary that we all know or try to know everything. We just need to be aware and if working, concentrate on the job and not some interesting, but not a concern of your company, event taking place in another state.

      I am retired. I spend more time reading my morning paper than I use to. I watch the evening news and I read the headlines I get in my e-mail and follow up if needed. I am not uninformed, but I do not try to know everything.

      Just my 2 cents. I think we are still making pennies.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A brilliant hub and so much more to think about here you always come up with such great topics.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Larry. Yes, in today's world we can often be inundated with information! We certainly need to be selective about the information that we examine in detail.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the kind comment, Devika. I always appreciate your visits!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of this until now. You have such a good grasp of modern technology. Voted up and shared.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, ologsinquito! I appreciate the vote and the share as well as the comment.

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It is amazing how far technology has come and what we can do with it. I haven't heard of this before!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Liz. Yes, modern technology is often amazing! It can be very exciting, too. Thanks for the comment.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Linda. How interesting. To be honest I have never heard of Augmented Reality in newspapers. It sounds like a great idea. I don't get the daily paper anymore so this is news to me. I'll be curious to see how this evolves over the next few years.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bill. Thanks for the visit. I'm very interested in seeing how the technology evolves, too! I'm also interested in seeing whether the AR feature becomes popular with the public and increases newspaper circulation.

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Alicia,

      Great article about a technology I never heard of.

      At the present time I fall into the category of those who don't use a smart phone or tablet but may do so in the future, so it's good to know what's out there.

      Thanks for posting this well researched article. It was very interesting and I'm voting it up across the board except for funny.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Happyboomernurse. I appreciate your visit and all the votes!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I am sorry I missed this fascinating read here! Been off a bit since the Easter weekend and this week ...

      I have to say that I have not heard of this, or maybe I knew of it, but just did not know what it is called.

      I do know newspapers are having to come up with something, being many in my state have let go so many people and only publishing a real newspaper on certain days with all being on-line.

      Up and more and away!

      Have a great rest of the week.

      Blessings

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Faith. I appreciate the votes as well. I hope things are going well for you now and that you have a great week. Blessings to you, too!

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      CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

      Wow, this is a cool feature of a newspaper. I am imaging a Harry Potter newspaper in the future. With so many newspapers closing, I wonder what they will think of next to keep the paper business alive.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That's a good point, Crafty. I wonder what newspapers will come up with next! Thanks for the comment.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, now that's fascinating! I had heard of the idea, but I didn't know what it was called and had never seen it, so the videos and your explanation was great! We are getting clever aren't we with all the new tech stuff! lol! I just want holograms that I can have all around my house, now that would be something! great hub, and fascinating! voted up and shared! nell

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Wow, very interesting. I might have to actually get a smartphone or tablet or something. technology is amazing. Great hub.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind comment, Nell! Thanks for the vote and the share, too. The latest technological advances are very exciting. It is fascinating to think about future developments!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, WiccanSage! I appreciate your visit and comment. I agree - technology is amazing.

    • Larry Wall 2 years ago

      Folks, I am missing something.

      If you have a tablet, couldn't you just receive a graphic that resembles a newspaper with the copy being the latest news. The newspaper might charge a subscription, as they would for this new product, which few people are willing to pay.

      I grant you the technology is interesting, but as a old newspaper reporter, I do not see this kind of paper being put together on a daily basis, video produced for it and then delivered from house to house.

      Online news has been the biggest problem for newspapers. Some gave too much copy away and thus lost circulation and advertising dollars. Others only offer a sample and get a small number of subscribers to view the newspaper either like an online post or as my old paper is doing, offering access to a PDF file.

      The technology is interesting, but the application and more important the need for the application escapes me.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi again, Larry. Yes, as I say in my hub, it remains to be seen whether people will be interested in a newspaper with augmented reality - interesting thought the new feature may be - when they can get all their news online. Time will tell!

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      Rajesh Bhuin 2 years ago from India

      The scope of this technology is limited. You need to have a smartphone or tablet with good camera handy and also you need to have a high speed internet connection at home to get this thing work. I don't think a lot of people is interested to get the advantage of this new technology.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, androidfan. Yes, the requirements for using augmented technology may limit its use. These requirements will also enable a person to easily get their news online, so it does make one wonder if AR will be successful. It's still an interesting feature, though!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a fascinating topic, and certainly as smart phones grow in popularity it will become more popular. Your point about whether people will still want to read newspapers if they can get it all online is certainly a good one, however!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, Flourish! Augmented reality is a fascinating topic. I'm interested in seeing whether it works in newspapers.

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      CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub Alicia, as I had not come across augmented reality before. Like most things it has good points and bad ones. But one of my concerns is that it is just reinforcing our dependency on smart phones. As you pointed out, not every one has one or wants one. I'm already fed up with social occasions where people just sit fiddling with their phones instead of actually talking to each other.

      Also can't we learn to love ordinary reality? Does it have to be augmented or virtual?

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! I am totally stunned. Not in my wildest dreams I could foreseen augmented reality. Thanks for explaining this in such a way that even I can understand it, Alicia.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great points, Cynthia! Ordinary reality has great advantages! I love learning about new technology and thinking about the possibilities that it offers, but I must admit that sometimes thoughts like yours have passed through my mind. Thanks for the comment.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Martie! I appreciate your comment. New technology can be very interesting!

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      Tim Anthony 2 years ago

      AliciaC, that was very nice and pretty informative article. I guess there's just a little drawback that the quality of audio-visual services of the AR will be according to the device used. Otherwise, it's just another amazing invention human has ever made.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, WestelCS. You've raised a good point. The audiovisual capabilities of the electronic device do matter! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, this sounds pretty impressive!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank for the visit and the comment, Deb. Yes, the technology can be impressive!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      New technology on the leading edge. Wow. This is awesome. Glad to find your understandable explanation and learn of this. Thanks. It reminds me of the moving pictures on the Daily Prophet newspaper in the Harry Potter Series. Fiction does stimulate new realities.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Peg. It's very interesting when reality starts to mirror fiction! Thank you very much for the visit and comment.

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      Ireno Alcala 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Wow! This is like in Harry Potter's movies, this augmented reality. And now it's happening in the USA and Canada homelands. I hope it reaches Philippines ASAP.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes, augmented reality in newspapers is a bit like scenes in the Harry Potter movies! Thanks for the visit, travel_man1971.

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      Arun Dev 18 months ago from United Countries of the World

      I had heard of augmented reality navigation systems but never about newspapers. Thanks for sharing the info!

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      Linda Crampton 18 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You're welcome, adevwriting. Thanks for the visit.

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