Finally, Virtual Reality is stepping up to the plate, with a World First “Zero Latency” Free Roam, Multi-Player gaming setup in Melbourne, Australia. Using the latest Oculus Rift, and powered by Alienware backpacks, players can roam around inside a huge warehouse type structure with friends, in an immersive VR environment where they literally become the first-person shooter. Check it out here.
This might be the best thing I’ve seen this year. It’s the world’s first Real Life First Person Shooter Game, played out live on Chatroulette, and damn I wish I could have played it. Realm Pictures pulled together an amazing story line, filled it with Zombies, weapons and challenges, then put their first person shooter to the test, as people from around the world connected to the game, typing “Start” to activate the experience. Click here to watch the behind the making of...
Check out B-Reel’s latest experiment, this time an adventure with Virtual Reality on Cardboard. The game is called “Stupid Big Hands” and is a prototype for Cardboard that provides pick-up-and-play type VR gaming.
You’ll take on the character of George, a 50m (160ft) tall guy, with over-sized uncontrollable hands that makes walking through cities a little bit dangerous and you try to keep him on track and all buildings standing. Check out the game here.
SeeLight is a new, open source platform aiming to map the world’s traffic lights to help blind people be able to use any street, anywhere in the world, with the ability to easily stop and cross roads with confidence regardless of if the traffic lights have sound/tactile aids for the blind. Check it out here.
How many creatives have come up with this idea? Bottling smells and being able to use them for something exciting… Well, Holiday Auto’s did, and put the range of #smellsofsummer into a tweet-powered vending machine for passers by to tweet for a free smell, while hoping to inspire them to book their next holiday! Pretty fun.
As Virtual Reality continues to rise in both popularity and proliferation, new projects and startups are wanting to capture the world from new perspectives. But this one, from SpaceVR is a little different, they want to capture the world’s first Virtual Reality content from space, and give that to the world, so that almost anyone can experience what only the lucky few astronaut’s ever have… Check out their Kickstarter here, where they are trying to raise $500k.
Land Rover fans can enjoy two fictional, Instagram adventure stories where the first story, viewable at @SolitudeInSawtooth, follows the outdoor journey of a young couple as they explore Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. Similarly, @BrotherhoodOfWonderstone follows two brothers as they embark on an expedition through Kanab, Utah. In each Instagram Adventure, gorgeous landscape photos are seamlessly stitched together to form day-into-night panoseries (similar to panorama but with multiple photos represented) scenes.
Users can tap various tiles within each panoseries to view videos that progress the story, showcase technical off-roading knowledge (like how to properly ford a river) and learn unique survival tips, such as how to turn a leaf into a compass, or how to treat a wound in the wild.
Very cool. Created by the guys at Y&R NYC.
Lexus has finally released the much awaited “Hoverboard” video, part of their “Amazing In Motion” content series that’s been building up to this crescendo. And damn, it looks good. I think the hype videos were more dramatic, but the way this video plays out really makes the Hoverboard so tangible and real, like you could almost ride it anywhere in the future. Who wants a Lexus now?
Netflix has created an experiment the connects 8 random people together to create a synced piece of music available on Spotify. The fans had to binge-watch the show before participating in the Brainwave Symphony Experiment. Linked with sensors, their recorded brainwaves were used to compose a piece of original music: a tangible artistic manifestation of their connection (sense8 style). With all eight strangers experiencing common responses to the stimuli, demonstrating the mental threads they shared with the rest of the group! Created by the guys at Tool and you can listen to the uniquely Sense8 sound here.
Facebook & Internet.org have launched their first full-scale internet drone called “Aquila” which is a solar powered, unmanned plane (drone) that beams down internet connectivity from the sky to remote parts of the world who otherwise can’t get the internet, either due to cost or lack of infrastructure.
The Internet.org Drone has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time. It will also be armed with an all-new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That’s ten times faster than any previous laser-communications system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a small coin, from more than 10 miles away. Crazy!
Nike has created one of YouTube’s first interactive VR films for the launch of its new Hypervenom II shoe, letting people step into the shoes of Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar Jr. using Google Cardboard for a full Virtual Reality experience, or for an interactive 360 degree video experience, it leveraged the native YouTube player that now has 360 support.
Forever 21 have stepped up to the plate with a new Instagram Powered Thread Screen, which in short, is a huge machine made of 200,000 parts, weighing 2,000 lbs, and taking over a year and half to engineer and build (all by hand). With the massive machine displaying users Instagrams 24 hours a day, with anything tagged with #f21threadscreen via 6,400 mechanical spools of thread.
Toyota have been playing with radio ads in Sweden that aim to turn off your mobile phone. Your iPhone to be precise, by running ads that attempt to leverage the “Hey Siri” auto listening feature on iPhones, and while the reality is, you have to have your phone plugged in, and have the “Hey Siri” feature enabled (not standard), it’s an interesting play to raise awareness of the growing problem of drivers playing with their phones while driving… Created by the guys at Saatchi & Saatchi Sweden.
Land Rover’s 5×5 Film Project was designed to sell the newest feature. The 5x Cameras. And a brand that is known for always forging into new territory, can’t promote a new feature just like any other car company. So Land Rover challenged five-up-and coming directors to create their own uncommon adventure story that would debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
But there was one catch: USE THE CAR AS THE CAMERA.
Each film was shot using only the native five camera surround system.
Turkish Airlines recently launched the world’s first ever “Periscope” live broadcasted flight as passengers and social fans got a behind the scenes experience as the airline flew from Istanbul to New York. Through Periscope the airline showcased crew cabins, flight lounges, pre-flight checks, inflight service, the crew and the pilots hard at work!
So for those brands looking to experiment with Periscope to see what type of engagement they can get, this campaign from Turkish Airlines provides some learnings before you jump in. Enjoy!
Well, someone had to be first. Introducing Hands Free Tinder. A new Apple Watch app that lets you find your perfect match, by analysing your heart rate on each potential partners profile photos, then automatically swipes left or right for you! Created by T3. I’m sure its a gimmick. But pretty fun!
For all your LEGO fans out there! You can make just about anything with LEGO, and you can make LEGO make just about anything too. And now, LEGO can even become a 3D Printer, printing with LEGO pieces! So this device, is a LEGO Mosaic Printer, that uses tiny pieces of 1×1 LEGO to replicate any pattern it wants. Check it out. Pretty cool!
Is this the coolest robot ever? Introducing Robot Origami from MIT, self-folding robots that unpack themselves, walk, swim, climb and complete automated tasks! A team of MIT researchers have developed the printable origami robot that folds itself up from a flat sheet of plastic when heated and measures about a centimeter from front to back. Check out more details here.
With the Cannes Lions 2015 Festival of Creativity complete, all the gold awarded, parties over and the 15,000+ people flying back home with perfect tans, it’s time to review the the world’s best creative work for 2015. So I’ve rounded up each Grand Prix winning case study for this year, and embedded them below so you can check them all out in once place. Apologies in advance they are a little low res, hopefully I can swap them out later…! Click here to watch all the case study videos...