The New York Timesâ crossword can now haunt your living room in augmented reality
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A miniature New York Times crossword can now float above your couch, courtesy of an augmented reality effect available on the Timesâ Instagram page. Pull up the effect on your phone, and a prompt will appear saying, âThe crossword has shattered into pieces!â A small crossword sits on whatever surface youâve picked, while a cloud of letter shards hovers above it. As you move your camera around, the change in perspective will reveal the words that solve the puzzle.
It uses the same principle of perspective, anamorphosis, that some artists play with to make work that creates an optical illusion when viewed from a specific vantage point. Itâs a neat concept, but itâs not exactly the same as actually solving a crossword. Fiddling with your…