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"The featurette was narrated by Tom Cruise, but the real star of the show is the Positron Voyager Chair. Motion was very smooth and motors were surreally quiet." - Engadget
Near the beginning of the new action film "The Mummy," Tom Cruise and co-star Annabelle Wallis are sent tumbling around inside an air freighter as it drops out of the sky amid a crash.
During the recent South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, Universal Pictures, IMAX and engineering firm Positron premiered a virtual reality (VR) experience based on the new Tom Cruise movie The Mummy. Now The Mummy Zero Gravity Stunt VR Experience is getting a much more public outing, coming to The Shop at NBC Studios in New York City this month.
We went hands on with the Positron Voyager cinematic VR chair - here's what we thought - Andrew Lucas Studios
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LAS VEGAS - CinemaCon 2017 was much more than the movies we're going to see in theaters this year. The trade show unveiled an arsenal of extras intended to lure filmgoers - from virtual reality plane crashes with Tom Cruise to hot nacho-cheese flavors for concession stands to giant Space Invaders games for the lobby.
Share TweetFlying high with Tom Cruise in this VR "weightless" experience. Taking a walk inside the replica plane and past the infamous sarcophagus from The Mummy movie, I was expecting the film's VR companion experience to be just another Hollywood movie BTS 360 video - but it was from that.
"IMAX have partnered with engineering firm Positron to create the world’s first full-motion chair designed for cinematic VR called Voyager. Twenty Voyager units will have their motion choreographed together to deliver The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience. The pairing of motion effects with VR is known to eliminate the effects of motion sickness that occur for some VR users."
"The Mummy combines individual moving pods with headsets and headphones to enhance the VR experience of zero G. This fully immersive experience raises the bar for movie going."
PARK CITY, Utah--()-- Positron, a virtual reality technology studio in Los Angeles, announced today that it will mark its Festival debut with Voyager, the first cinematic, full-motion VR chair platform, at the 2017 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, January 19-29 in Park City.
"The Mummy VR takes you on a 4D seat developed by the company Positron, making (gently) feel the different descents of the actors and the technical team. At the heart of the sequence, we discover the whole installation, without undergoing the physical test in itself."
"[Fisftul of Stars] shatters conventional immersive boundaries. It does this by coupling a VR headset with a Positron Voyager Chair, which rotates, spins and tilts to give you a sense of complete weightlessness."
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"The VR seat company Positron and Universal Pictures worked together to bring a different kind of virtual reality experience called "Zero Gravity VR Experience." The event took place at the recent SXSW 2017 and featured the film company's upcoming movie, "The Mummy" Reboot."
"The pods, which were Positron Voyagers, were shaped like those egg chairs that were seen in moves like Men in Black, and each contained a VR headset and headphones...The chairs we sat in would tilt, raise, lower, and turn along with the movements in the video, giving a similar feel as if I were actually in the plane."
"Watching Tom Cruise embark on a dangerous mission aboard a zero-gravity plane sounds terrifying enough, but experiencing it next to him in a motion simulator is next-level. Thanks to Positron's Voyager, a full-motion chair designed for cinematic VR, I got to do just that."