As TechCrunch points out, this isn’t the first time the Gray Lady has dabbled with augmented reality. In the fall, the company announced a partnership with Facebook to publish reporting to Instagram that takes advantage of the technology to tell stories in new ways. A recent one uses 3D graphics to show how masks trap coronavirus particles. Another highlights how bad air quality became during the California forest fires over the summer. As with the AR crossword puzzle, you can find these through the Effects tab on the publication’s Instagram page.
It’s safe to say Shattered Crosswords won’t become a cultural institution like the Sunday edition crossword puzzle. Most crossword mavens will find the game too simple and the interface on the finicky side. However, it’s an interesting technological experiment, and one worth checking out.