The VOID harnesses the power of IKinema’s full-body solving technology to deliver the hyper-reality experience, Star Wars™: Secrets of the Empirep>FARNHAM, UK, 8 January 2018 – Real time full-body solving specialist IKinema announces today that The VOID, the ground-breaking location-based entertainment provider, has integrated their powerful 3D animation middleware to deliver whole-body immersion and natural interaction for participants during Star Wars™: Secrets of the Empire, the hyper-reality experience.
A collaboration between ILMxLAB and The VOID, the eagerly awaited hyper-reality experience is open to visitors now at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida; Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California; and London’s Westfield. The collaboration brings the Star Wars™ universe to life through a multi-sensory, untethered story, blending the movies renowned cinematic quality with advanced full-body immersion to deliver a truly believable, interactive virtual reality experience.
“IKinema’s technology is all about delivering top quality results enabling developers to create amazing experiences for their audiences,” said IKinema Founder and CEO, Alexandre Pechev. "We are delighted The VOID approached us – to be a part of this ground-breaking and exhilarating project heralds the start of more incredible opportunities to bring all encompassing entertainment for consumer enjoyment”.
“IKinema is a great partner to The VOID as we create the elements needed for an immersive, believable and engaging experience,” added The VOID’s Head of Technology, Farrell Edwards. “Accurate translation of a person’s physical movements in real-time is crucial to generate the kind of immersion that allows someone to believably assume a new identity and suspend reality. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire delivers on that promise of immersion with the help of IKinema’s incredible full body-solving technology.”
IKinema’s powerful software solutions are consistently in demand by top games developers and creators of immersive VR and AR experiences for its ability to produce quality motion and perfectly matched behaviours across all styles of 3D characters. Avatars respond with higher fidelity by use of inverse kinematics across the entire body, allowing humanoid and fantasy creatures to react intuitively and naturally when scaling obstacles and traversing dynamically evolving terrain.
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IKinema (www.IKinema.com ) sells products that dramatically improve the quality of animation and reduce the cost of producing animation. It uses patented IP to dynamically calculate animation sequences. The resulting animations are more realistic and cheaper to produce and maintain. IKinema was established in 2006 in the UK and has actively traded since 2009. The company owns patent protected intellectual property for fast, realistic and organic animation for games, virtual, and movie production. Prominent clients include: Bethesda, Bluehole Inc., Capcom, CyberConnect, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Framestore, Globo TV, Hasbro, Impulse Gear, Linden Lab, LucasArts, Microsoft, NCSOFT®, Nickelodean, Nvidia, PlatinumGames Inc., Respawn Entertainment, Snail Games, Square Enix, Sumo Digital, Supermassive Games, Technicolor, The Foundry, The VOID, 20th Century Fox, Ubisoft, Unity3D, and Vicon. The company is licensed technology provider by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and Autodesk.
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About The VOID
The VOID is a destination that inspires the exploration of fully immersive worlds with friends and family, creating memorable experiences together. By combining physical sets with real-time interactive effects, and with the support of partner technologies from Oculus and Epic, The VOID allows guests to step beyond reality, engaging the senses in new and unimaginable ways.
The VOID’s first public experience, Ghostbusters: Dimension, opened in July 2016 and is available at Madame Tussauds New York, and The Rec Room in Toronto. In the summer of 2017, The VOID participated in the acclaimed Disney Accelerator and announced its next blockbuster experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, created in collaboration with Lucasfilm and ILMxLab. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is available at Disney Springs® at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and in London at the Westfield shopping center in Shepherd’s Bush. More locations and experiences will be available in 2018.
Founded in 2015, ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s Immersive Entertainment division, combines compelling storytelling, technological innovation and world-class production to create truly impactful, immersive entertainment experiences. ILMxLAB develops experiences for virtual reality, augmented/mixed reality, real-time cinema, theme park entertainment and narrative-based experiences for future platforms. For more information visit ilmxlab.com or follow @ILMxLAB on Twitter.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. ILMxLAB, the ILMxLAB logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.