We are thrilled to have just heard that the WestJet Xmas Miracle has won a bronze Cyber Lion at Cannes Lions! An idea conceived by Studio M and WestJet needed a little extra umph on the tech side requiring a way to scan airline ticket barcodes, and pipe 1080p video through custom software between Toronto, Hamilton and Calgary. Using a selection of open source software such as WebRTC and OpenFrameworks we were able to achieve the performance we needed to this high availability experience. More info on the tech behind the project is here in our WestJet case study: http://www.globacore.com/case-studies/westjet/
TIFF Kids DigiPlaySpace is up and running downtown Toronto From March 8–April 21. The 6 week show runs inside the Bell Light Box featuring works from around the world including Water Light Graffiti from France (Antonin Fourneau), Super Pong from Brazil (Super Uber), various Toronto artists (Aesthetec, Sinking Ship), and 2 servings of PaperDude VR (Globacore!).
Come check it out with the kids:
Or bring your adult friends to the After Hours Event on April 1st:
The PaperDude VR World Tour rolls into Austin tomorrow until Sunday (March 7-9) at the SXSW Gaming Expo located in the Palmer convention center. Come for a VRide at our booth and grab some sneaky passes to the Oculus loft space with other awesome VR demos!
Event info: http://sxsw.com/interactive/participate/gaming
Launched today by WestJet we are proud to share a project that we had the pleasure of working on over the last couple of months — The WestJet Christmas Miracle:
The custom video chat application connected passengers at Toronto and Hamilton airports to a virtual Santa stationed near WestJet’s HQ in Calgary.
The Tech Behind The Miracle
Passengers were invited to scan their boarding pass at a larger than life gift-box kiosk — the passenger’s name, pulled off the 2D barcode were then displayed on the screen as a friendly greeting, followed by a “Connecting to the North Pole” load screen… and then, powered by the open technologies of Web RTC and OpenFrameworks — portrait oriented Santa was piped through at a crystal clear 1080p. On Santa’s side, Mr. Claus got a video stream of the guest, with a heads up display of their name… just in case he forgot (it is busy time of year).
Watch the video to find out what happened when they landed in Calgary 3 hours later…
& Happy Holidays from the Globacore Team!
We are thrilled to announce that PaperDude VR has won the Cinekid New Media Award — Audience Choice! The prize was awarded at the festival’s closing ceremonies last friday in Amsterdam.
All winners of the festival awards have been posted to their site here: http://bit.ly/1aOT1wa
Thank you to all of the organizers of Cinekid and the audience members who voted for our installation. Amsterdam was quite the appropriate city to launch PaperDude VR’s world tour — let’s just say they didn’t have an issue getting us a bike to use locally!
Hi PaperDude Enthusiast! We’re notifying you because you signed up to receive updates on Globacore’s PaperDude VR Oculus Rift experience… and we have updates…
We’re proud to announce the PaperDude VR World Tour!
Over the last couple of months since we launched the original video we’ve been busy at work improving the system and getting it ready for prime time. Our first few test events went well at FITC Screens, Toronto Unity Developers Group, and Touch Vancouver.
In two days from now we will be switching on the virtual lights at Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam… We can’t think of a better place on the planet to kick-off the tour other than the bike-friendliest city in the world! Of note — The Dutch translation of PaperDude is amazing http://www.cinekid.nl/festivalprogram/entry/6974 and we hope you have a chance to check it out if you happen to be in town between October 17th and October 25.
After Cinekid Amsterdam, we’re packing our bags for…
* DPX Digital in Halifax October 22-26 http://halifaxpopexplosion.com/digital/
* EventTech Las Vegas Nov 4-6 http://eventtech.eventmarketer.com/
* Engadget Expand in NYC November 9-10 http://www.engadget.com/expand/about/
…and a possible appearance at CES — stay tuned for Details!
If you’re interested in coming by our installation at any of these events — feel free to email us in advance, and we’ll save you a spot in the special VIP line-up: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the bottom of our virtual hearts — Thank you for all of your support! The PaperDude VR trip has been one very exciting ride so far — we hope you get a chance to join us for a roll down 8-bit suburban memory lane!
The Globacore Team