Developed by The New York Times, the NYT VRapp for iOS and Android puts users at the center of stories in an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. From experiencing life through the eyes of a refugee, to climbing the spire of the World Trade Center with a professional mountaineer, or setting foot on the alien world of Pluto, the app brings users to places they couldn’t normally go. For the most immersive NYT VR experience, users can watch the VR films with Google Cardboard. However, they can also view the VR stories on their smartphones without Google Cardboard. The Times posts new virtual reality films every month or so. Cost: Free
With Storyfab, all the world’s a stage. Using this augmented reality (AR) app, students can transform their classroom, schoolyard, or backyard into a movie set. They can customize virtual actors, enhance their set with props, and add special effects.
Imagine watching a giraffe towering over a computer keyboard or a horse galloping on top of a newspaper. ZooKazam, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS and Android, includes more than 40 holographic animals—from the esteemed bald eagle to the mysterious Tyrannosaurus rex—along with information about them.