“For 80 years, HP has delivered innovative technology to help filmmakers create memorable moments,” said Joanna Popper, global head of virtual reality for location based entertainment at HP Inc. “Working together with DreamWorks Animation, Walmart and Intel, we are using virtual reality to take the Hidden World from storytelling to story-living by bringing audiences to the center of the narrative.”
“Intel’s end-to-end solutions together with technology from HP and the creative minds from Spatial& and DreamWorks Animation have brought to life new, immersive cinematic experiences for audiences to connect with the How to Train Your Dragon world,” said Kumar Kaushik, general manager of AR/VR solutions, client computing at Intel. “From the imaginations of content creators to taking a VR journey on the back of a dragon, technology is unleashing new storytelling possibilities for developers and consumers alike.”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Virtual Tour leverages Positron's Voyager® VR motion chair to deliver a magical, multi-sensory encounter where viewers can enjoy hands-on interaction with their favorite characters from the film," said Jeffrey Travis, CEO of Positron. "Spatial& is our first client to introduce interactive hand tracking along with 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom) in our Voyager® chair. We can't wait for audiences to experience this new level of immersive storytelling, and we are proud be a part of this groundbreaking project."
The How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Virtual Tour will visit the following cities and Walmart stores between February 15 and April 9:
- Burbank, California (1301 N Victory Place) - February 15-16
- Pico Rivera, California (8500 Washington Boulevard) - February 17-19
- Anaheim, California (440 Euclid Street) - February 22-23
- San Bernardino, California (4001 Hallmark Parkway) - February 24-26
- Las Vegas, Nevada (5200 S Fort Apache Road) - March 1-2
- North Las Vegas, Nevada (6464 N Decatur Boulevard) - March 3-5
- Glendale, Arizona (5010 N 95th Avenue) - March 8-9
- Gilbert, Arizona (2501 S Market Street) - March 10-12
- San Antonio, Texas (8923 W Military Drive) - March 15-16
- New Braunfels, Texas (1209 S Interstate 35) - March 17-19
- Grand Prairie, Texas (2225 I-20) - March 22-23
- Allen, Texas (730 W Exchange Parkway) - March 24-26
- Sugar Land, Texas (345 Highway 6) - March 29-30
- Katy, Texas (1313 N Fry Road) - March 31-April 2
- Rogers, Arkansas (4208 S Pleasant Crossing Boulevard) - April 5-6
- Bentonville, Arkansas (406 S Walton Boulevard) - April 7-9
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
Spatial& is a V-commerce startup focused on creating next generation merchandising experiences. Spatial&’s team of storytellers, technologists and retail experts believe VR’s ability to fuse the emotional bonds between consumers and brands has the potential to reinvent the customer journey. It is the second portfolio company to launch from Store N°8, Walmart’s incubator dedicated to uncovering ideas that will transform the future of commerce.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation (DWA), a division of the Universal Filmed
Entertainment Group, within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast
Corporation, is a global family entertainment company with feature film
and television brands. The company’s deep portfolio of intellectual
property is supported by a robust, worldwide consumer products practice,
which includes licensing, and location-based entertainment venues around
the world. DWA’s feature film heritage includes many of the world’s most
beloved characters and franchises, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu
Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Trolls and The Boss Baby, and have
amassed more than $14.5 billion in global box office receipts.
DreamWorks Animation’s television business has quickly become one of the
world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming,
reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array
of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully
immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific
studio has garnered 22 EmmyⓇ Awards since inception in 2013.