Last year, Positron unveiled its VR Chair, Voyager, at the Sundance Film Festival, offering immersive enhancement to several virtual reality (VR) films shown at the festival. Continuing this idea, Positron have teamed up with Ace Hotel, RYOT and Skybound to offer a week of VR Theatre.
The Voyager is a fully integrated VR theatre unit which offers motorised rotation, pitch and haptic feedback that synchs with the VR experience played through the attached VR headset to provide a deeply immersive cinema experience by complementing the existing visuals and soundtrack.
This week-long event will mark the first time that the Voyager VR chair has been made available outside of special events and private festivals. The Ace Hotel at Segovia Hall in Los Angeles will be delivering a carefully curated program of VR films from Monday 19th to 26th February, 2018.
The announced program so far features Dinner Party, a VR experience based upon the true story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who reported the first alien abduction in the USA in 1961. Dinner Party is directed by Angel Manuel Soto and produced by RYOT and Skybound.
Also on the program is Melita, a sci-fi story about Anaaya, an Inuit scientist who is striving to find a new world for human kind to inhabit as Earth is facing encroaching catastrophe. Helping Anaaya is Melita, an advanced AI who is trying to help save humanity from extinction. Melita is directed by Nicholas Alcala and produced by Future Lighthouse.
A third VR film is also planned to be added to the bill, but no details on what this will be have been released yet. Further information and tickets for the event can be found on the Ace Hotel website. Tickets cost $35 (USD).
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