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O2 AND PROJECTION ARTWORKS UNVEIL COLOSSAL MAPPING

O2, proud partner of England Rugby, team up with Projection Artworks to unveil the world’s largest projection in terms of light output. The light output is 1.42 million lumens using 68 projectors.

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More information: http://www.avinteractive.com/news/projection/o2-and-projection-artworks-unveil-collossal-mapping-15-09-2015/

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Country Music Festivals Saddle Up With RFID

This year hundreds of thousands of country music fans donned their cowboy hats and high tech festival wristbands, as seven of the summer’s biggest country hoedowns adopted the latest event technology developed by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) specialist, Intellitix.

2015 marked the year of the RFID country music festival with organizers enhancing their guest experiences with smooth and secure entry processes, fast and convenient cashless payments for on-site purchases, and social media brand engagements – all with a simple tap of an RFID-enabled wristband.

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More information: http://eventindustrynews.co.uk/festivals-outdoor-event-news/country-music-festivals-saddle-up-with-rfid/

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Beaconic’s iBeacon kits let you add Bluetooth promos

I’ve been interested in iBeacons — proximity-based wireless transmitters — ever since they were first announced by Apple alongside iOS 7 at WWDC in 2013. The idea of walking into a store, restaurant, or other public space and receiving (opt-in) wireless notifications based on proximity to a Bluetooth sensor struck me as a potentially compelling next step forward for both retailers and smartphone users. Even more exciting was the opportunity to receive incentives, such as coupons or free apps, just for being in proximity to the store. iBeacons have been added to Apple Stores, Macy’s, MLB baseball parks, and even bars, offering giveaways of free apps and magazines, as well as everything from locations of products to seating directions.

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More information: http://9to5mac.com/2015/09/15/review-beaconics-ibeacon-kits/

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New DJI Drone Cameras Feature Huge Sensors

Significantly more performance than a GoPro, but significantly less expensive than other pro-quality setups

Drone lovers across the globe started salivating Thursday when DJI announced the release of two new Micro Four Thirds cameras designed to fly on the company’s Inspire 1 rig.

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More information: http://www.outsideonline.com/2016041/new-dji-drone-cameras-feature-huge-sensors-improve-video-quality

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Projection Mapping Helps Spark City’s Economic Revival

Business in downtown Redwood City, California, has taken an upward turn on Tuesday nights thanks to the Redwood City Improvement Association, Christie®, Tekamaki and BARTKRESA Design. Previously the quietest night of the week, more than 1,000 people now flock downtown to see the San Mateo County History Museum lit up in a stunning visual display.

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More information: http://www.hometoys.com/article/2015/09/projection-mapping-helps-spark-citys-economic-revival/32090

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Circa 1948: a 3D story-world like no other

“It’s an incredible experience.”

That’s the response from those who have previewed Circa 1948, one of three exciting new exhibits at the world premiere of Hidden Pasts, Digital Futures: A Festival of Immersive Arts at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. The free event is one of several celebrating SFU’s 50th Anniversary.

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More information: http://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2015/circa-1948-a-3d-story-world-like-no-other.html

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Marines test augmented reality with real-world explosions

The U.S. Marine Corps’ augmented reality training system was tested in a live-fire exercise for the first time last month.  And while that blend of actual ordnance and digitized overlays went well, USMC officials said the system’s real value is the realistic training that can come without real-world explosions and air support.

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More information: http://gcn.com/articles/2015/09/17/marines-augmented-reality.aspx

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HOW VIRTUAL REALITY WILL TAKE OVER YOUR VIRTUAL LIFE

Even though no one actually has one of the shiny new VR headsets in their hands (or on their heads), the roadmap to the platform’s success is becoming clearer. For gamers, it’s a no-brainer. They’re already on board. For HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to become integral to our daily lives, VR needs to become a social experience. Luckily, how exactly developers are making that happen is also finally becoming clearer, too.

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More information: http://www.fastcompany.com/3051155/tech-forecast/how-virtual-reality-will-take-over-your-virtual-life

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Whitney Houston’s hologram is going on a world tour

This latest development sounds like it’s been lifted from a crass 1980s sci-fi film

Technology in music has proven to be a good – often great – thing, but the latest development sounds like it’s been lifted from a crass 1980s sci-fi film.

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More information: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/whitney-houston-s-hologram-is-going-on-a-world-tour-is-nothing-sacred-1.2355097

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SITA’s next-gen APC kiosk

SITA, the global provider of border security and IT solutions to governments, airlines and airports, announced that McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the first to deploy Phase 4.0 automated passport control (APC) kiosks, speeding more international travelers through the customs and border process. Now, business or tourist visa holders, Mexican travelers with border crossing cards, and airline crew members will be able to use the kiosks upon arrival in the U.S.

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See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/67452/sita-s-next-gen-apc-kiosk-offers#sthash.qBEI4Va8.dpuf

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Smartphone application debut this football season

Wildcat fans now have a new smartphone application and weekly food trucks to look forward to this football season. And if they’re lucky, they could even score a photograph with coach Pat Fitzgerald.

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More information: http://dailynorthwestern.com/2015/09/05/campus/smartphone-application-tailgate-food-trucks-debut-this-football-season/

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Turkey’s big player in iBeacon technology

Being set up in stores, hospitals and institutes, iBeacon provides information to customers and visitors’ smart-devices within range as well as sends individual perks that creates two-way communication. The Istanbul-based startup Blesh is now one of the pioneers in this game, exporting iBeacons to 30 countries

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More information: http://www.dailysabah.com/features/2015/08/31/blesh-turkeys-big-player-in-ibeacon-technology

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Experts Discuss 3D Projection Mapping Consultation Boom

Chicagoland-based projection mapping firm Chicago Projection Mapping has announced a recent increase in the demand for consultation services, a trend that seems to be both accelerating and spreading. The nature of the consultation can range from audits of the content and construction of a 3D-mapped project, to assisting with the completion and installation of that project.7

More information: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12906332.htm

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Angus park to host augmented reality performance

A FOREST park in Angus is to host the UK’s first live ­theatrical performance featuring augmented reality (AR) technology.

By downloading an app, ­audiences will be able to spot magical creatures through their smartphones and capture them on camera, before sharing the images with friends and family on social media.

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More information: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/news/angus-park-to-host-augmented-reality-performance-1-3878899

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Virtual reality system called The Void puts player in the game

A virtual reality theme park has begun testing an attraction that fully immerses users into Aztec temples and faraway alien laboratories from the comfort of suburban Utah.

The Void, a company working to create the experience at their facility in Pleasant Grove, recently allowed a journalist from Tech Insider to go through two levels of what it calls ‘the future of entertainment’.

In the game, players don a headset and suit and are armed with a virtual gun as they adventure around complex imaginary worlds while walking around a ‘real world’ warehouse with a setup of walls and sensors.

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More information: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3223789/Is-future-video-games-one-year-away-New-virtual-reality-called-Void-puts-player-game-plans-open-summer.html

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Tupac hologram team want dead rockstars

One of the companies involved with the Tupachologram” that “performed” at Coachella in 2012 wants businesses to use dead musicians and film stars to promote their brands.

HologramUSA‘s Alki David is hosting an event in London next week to outline the details of his company’s content plans to “resurrect” the late stars.

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Read more: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a666788/tupac-hologram-team-want-dead-rockstars-to-endorse-your-brand.html#ixzz3kwYhXEEm

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Ticketmaster Boosts Festival And DIY Ticketing Services

Ticketmaster is continuing to expand its ticketing offerings in the festival and DIY verticals through two separate transactions to acquire festival ticketer Front Gate Tickets and DIY ticketing platform Universe. These strategic acquisitions will allow Live Nation to greatly expand its services in the rapidly growing festival and DIY event markets, while accelerating its strategy to provide its clients across all verticals with the largest and most flexible distribution network through which to engage fans and sell tickets.

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More information: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ticketmaster-boosts-festival-and-diy-ticketing-services-through-acquisitions-of-front-gate-tickets-and-universe-300096738.html

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Live-Streaming Apps in the Event Industry

BEA Article from Globibo on Live-Streaming Apps in the Event Industry:

Consumer-based video live-streaming apps such as Meerkat and Periscope have made their way into audience experiences. Is it a risk for the business events industry, or a viable option of added opportunity?
http://bizeventsasia.com/wired-up-video-live-streaming-apps/BEA-article