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The Economist updates its award-winning VR app

  • LAST year The Economist launched its first virtual-reality experience , “RecoVR Mosul: A collective reconstruction” .
  • We then updated our VR app with the addition of two more virtual-reality pieces: an offbeat tour of the Japanese city of Osaka, and an animated explainer that examines the problem of overfishing on the high seas.
  • But where a leader consists of words on a page (or a screen), a VR experience can take you inside the argument, in this case examining the issues from the perspective of a diner, a fish, a fisherman and a policymaker.
  • “Passport: Osaka” is a 360-degree documentary that acts as a companion piece to the Osaka episode of “Passport”, our series of travel films highlighting hidden gems in city destinations around the world.
  • All these VR pieces, like “RecoVR Mosul” before them, are experiments in a new storytelling medium, and were created by Economist journalists working with the Economist Media Lab, part of our product-development unit based in New York, and VR startups Visualise , Object Normal and Parable .

LAST year The Economist launched its first virtual-reality experience, “RecoVR Mosul: A collective reconstruction”. It is a digital recreation of the Mosul Museum, and some of the artefacts inside it, which were destroyed by Islamic State militants in 2015.

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