The Void, a location-based VR company from Utah, announced that it would be partnering with Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB to bring a Star Wars experiences to Disney resorts later this year. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, will be coming to VOID Experience Centers in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort, by the upcoming holiday season. Previously, The Void was named as a business taking part in the Disney Accelerator project this year.
Prior to this project the company was known for their Ghostbusters VR Experience. I had heard positive things about the Ghostbusters project last fall. When I saw they were part of the Disney Accelerator Program for this year, I wondered if something like this was coming.
Here is the Ghostbusters video from last fall. This might give you a better idea of how their system works.
What is “location-based VR” you might ask? It simply means that you are in a more public space and can use the equipment that might not be affordable or ideal for home use.
Techcrunch.com described how the void is different from other virtual reality you may have heard of.
What The Void does is quite unique; the company utilizes its own hardware along with deep integration of the physical space and its VR software so that users can reach out and touch environmental game objects like a wall or railing and actually feel them. It’s a bit of a mix between what you can do with a consumer VR headset and one of those 4D movie theaters where you can sometimes smell what’s happening onscreen or feel temperature changes.
So it’s basically VR but in a multi-sensory “hyper-reality” way.
I am looking forward to hearing more about this!
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