The characters of Hotel Transylvania 3 cartoon movies will leap into action in a new AR/VR interactive book created by Quantum Storey in partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures used the VR Studio™ developed by Quantum Storey to create an activity book that encourages readers to join the animated characters in various entertaining adventures via augmented and virtual reality.
A New Way to Experience Hotel Transylvania 3 World: AR/VR Interactive Book
Speaking of this project, the Senior Vice President of Digital Distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Pete Wood, said :
With this new product platform, consumers now have the ability to ‘step inside’ and interact with scenes from the film for a deeper, immersive 360° VR experience. After seeing the capability of Quantum Storey’s extended reality platform with their Operation YOU® VR Book series, we are thrilled to bring this new product category to market combining the immersive world of VR & AR with physical books and for the first time putting consumers inside the world of Hotel Transylvania.
The innovative technology used for creating this AR/VR interactive book was created by Quantum Storey – the first company that developed a virtual reality book. The blend of print and new technologies is embodied in VR Studio™ – the platform made available to Sony Pictures for this collaboration.
SEGA’s VR Glasses Project That Didn’t Make It. Gaming companies also knew that Virtual Reality was going to become a huge thing in the gaming world. However, while they had the vision, they were lacking the technology we have today. In 1993, at one of the first Consumer Electronics Shows, SEGA announced the Sega VR headset for their Genesis console. The prototype glasses had head tracking, LCD screens in the visor and stereo sound. SEGA’s idea was to release the product for a mere $200 at the time, but technical development issues turned the idea into one of the biggest flops for the infamous gaming company. The product was never released on the market.
The co-founder and Chair of Quantum Storey, J.M. Haines, shared his opinion of the Hotel Transylvania AR/VR interactive book project: “Sony Pictures is an ideal launch partner for us – in addition to being a leader in creating world-class content with a rich library of titles, they have long been at the cutting edge of technology. Working with them on this collaboration has enabled us to see first-hand their passion for delivering incredible new experiences to customers.”
Blurring the Lines between Print and Immersive Experiences
The AR/VR interactive book developed by Quantum Storey and Sony Pictures aims to change the way people experience entertainment.
Beloved characters leap out of the screen and out of traditional book pages and encourage consumers to interact with them, to experience adventures and games in an immersive environment that encourages building loyalty towards the characters and, ultimately, towards the producer.
This may be a new paradigm shift for entertainment companies. In a world of Netflix and Kindle, the sale of physical products – DVDs, Blu-rays, books and comic magazines – is declining. By adding the excitement of AR/VR interactions to physical products, consumers will find a new reason to continue purchasing them.
Stanley G. Weinbaum is a well-known science fiction writer from 1930’s told us about this technology in his short story named Pygmalion’s Spectacles. His work made him a true visionary in the field of Virtual Reality. The story shares the idea that the wearer of the goggles can experience fictional worlds, even before the official term was coined.
The Hotel Transylvania 3 package containing the AR/VR interactive book is already available for purchase exclusively at Walmart stores across the US at a retail price of $27.96.