Monthly Archives: September 2018

The WIRED Guide to Virtual Reality

Peter Rubin (author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life) has published an excellent overview of Virtual Reality and it’s history. Starting from Stanley G. Weinbaum’s 1935 short story “Pygmalion’s Spectacles,” the article discusses recent developments in VR, AR, and MR, as well as a look towards the future. Here is an excerpt:

Now VR is finally beginning to come of age, having survived the troublesome stages of the famous “hype cycle”—the Peak of Inflated Expectation, even the so-called Trough of Disillusionment. But it’s doing so at a time when people are warier about technology than they’ve ever been. Privacy breaches, internet addiction, toxic online behavior: These ills are all at the forefront of the cultural conversation, and they all have the potential to be amplified many times over by VR/AR. As with the technology itself, of course, “potential” is only one road of many. But, since VR/AR is poised to make significant leaps in the next two years (for real this time!), there’s no better time to engage with their promise and their pitfalls.

The complete guide can be found at WIRED’s website.

 

The VOID Adds More Disney VR Experiences

Later this year and in 2019, location-based entertainment company The VOID will launch new experiences based on Disney and Marvel properties. According to the company, they plan to release five new “hyper-reality” experiences in the months ahead. As previously reported by Fast Company:

The company also revealed that the first experience, which will debut this fall, will be based on the upcoming Disney animated movie Ralph Breaks The Internet. It will be followed by one based on an undisclosed Marvel movie that will premiere sometime in 2019. Marvel’s pre-announced 2019 films are Captain Marvel, Spiderman: Far from Home, and an Avengers. Walt Disney Animation’s only new film next year is Frozen 2, which comes out in November.

The VOID has multiple locations including Disney Springs (Orlando, FL), Downtown Disney District (Anaheim, CA), as well as locations in Canada and Dubai. Additional locations are planned for Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, New York, and Philadelphia (among others).

The following VR experiences are currently available at various locations:

  • Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
  • Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment
  • Ghostbusters: Dimension

More information is available at The VOID’s website.

 

Immersive VR Experiences Planned for London’s Raindance Film Festival

This year’s Raindance Film Festival (to be held in London from September 26 to October 7) will offer 33 Virtual Reality (VR) experiences across multiple categories:

Raindance Immersive Stories: 7 Miracles | World Premiere

  • 7 MIRACLES, the world’s first feature-length cinematic VR experience | Nominated for Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story | Running on VIVE Focus stand-alone VR headset

Raindance Interactive Worlds: VR Games

  • TRANSFERENCE | 30 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story and Best Interactive Narrative Experience awards | HTC VIVE Pro
  • THE ARCHIVIST | 25 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Interactive Narrative Experience and Best Debut Experience awards | Oculus Rift
  • AWAKE: EPISODE ONE | 20 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Interactive Narrative Experience award | HTC VIVE Pro
  • INSIDE TUMUCUMAQUE | 15 mins | International Premiere | Nominated for Best Documentary Experience award | HTC VIVE Pro
  • KOBOLD | 30 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Interactive Narrative Experience award | Oculus Rift

Raindance Immersive Stories: Animated VR Experiences 

  • ARDEN’S WAKE: TIDE’S FALL | 30 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story and Best Animation Experience awards | Oculus Rift
  • MADRID NOIR – PROLOGUE | 5 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Animation Experience and Best Debut Experience awards | Oculus Rift
  • UMAMI | 15 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Interactive Narrative Experience award | Oculus Rift
  • CROW: THE LEGEND | 20 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story and Best Animation Experience awards | Oculus Rift
  • SHENNONG: TASTE OF ILLUSION | 8 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Animation Experience award | Oculus Rift
  • TRAIL OF ANGELS | 18 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Debut Experience award | Oculus Rift

Raindance Immersive Stories: 360º Films

  • DINNER PARTY | 13 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Cinematic Experience award | Oculus Go
  • KING OF INFINITE SPACE | 6 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Cinematic Experience award | Oculus Go
  • JUDI DENCH: MY OAK TREE VR | 4 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for British Award: Best UK Experience award | Oculus Go
  • THE EVOLUTION OF TESTICLES | 6 mins | International Premiere | Nominated for Best Social Impact Experience award | Oculus Go
  • THE DAIRY INDUSTRY | 6 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Social Impact Experience award | Oculus Go
  • MY AFRICA | 9 mins | European Premiere | Nominated for Best Social Impact Experience award | Oculus Go
  • MY AFRICA: ELEPHANT KEEPER | 5 mins | European Premiere | Nominated for Best Social Impact Experience award | HTC VIVE Pro
  • YETI AND SPAGHETTI | 5 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Animation Experience award | Oculus Go
  • HOTEL ZENTAI | 38 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Cinematic Experience award | Oculus Go
  • OPINIONS | 6 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for British Award: Best UK Experience and Best Music Experience award | Oculus Go
  • THE SUN LADIES | 7 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Documentary Experience award | Oculus Go
  • UKIYO CAVE: SURELY | 5 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Music Experience and Best Debut Experience awards | Oculus Rift
  • GRENFELL: OUR HOME | 15 min | Nominated for Best Documentary Experience award | Oculus Go
  • WINDOW TO OUR WORLD | 6 min | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Social Impact Experience award | Oculus Go
  • BEING ME | 7 min | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Social Impact Experience award | Oculus Go
  • CRACKLE POP | 10 min | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Debut Experience award | Oculus Go
  • KINCH & THE DOUBLE WORLD | 14 min | World Premiere | Nominated for British Award: Best UK Experience and Best Cinematic Experience awards | Oculus Go
  • NOTHING TO BE WRITTEN | 7 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for British Award: Best UK Experience, Best Documentary Experience and Best Music Experience awards | Oculus Go

Raindance Interactive Worlds: Multi-Person Experiences

  • CHORUS | 10 mins | UK Premiere | Nominated for Best Multi-Person Experience and Best Music Experience awards | HTC VIVE Pro
  • THE APPLE | 25 mins | World Premiere | Nominated for Best Multi-Person Experience award | HTC VIVE Pro and VIVE Focus
  • IS ANNA OK? | 10 mins | London Premiere | Nominated for Best Multi-Person Experience and Best Documentary Experience awards | Oculus Rift

Additional details and ticket information are available at Raindance’s official website.

 

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