Cinionic demos virtual reality system without head-mounted displays

Technology and New Products

Cinionic, the new Barco cinema joint venture, demonstrated an innovative all-in-one system for virtual reality (VR) gaming for cinema lobbies and location-based entertainment venues at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The VR system doesn’t require the use of a head-mounted display (HMD), which many users feel can be “isolating.”

With its patent-pending system for multi-player interactive VR domes that don’t rely on HMD equipment, Cinionic provides a social experience that can attract new audiences to Virtual Reality, in particular groups and families.

The Family VR system delivers an immersive stereoscopic projection environment and supports real-time gesture interaction for up to six players. At CinemaCon, the platform compatibility with mainstream VR games was demonstrated by enabling visitors to play together the Fruit Ninja® VR game by Halfbrick Studios, thanks to a collaboration with Secret Location, a VR content creator and distributor for emerging platforms.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Secret Location to demonstrate this new Family VR solution with Halfbrick Studio’s iconic IP Fruit Ninja at CinemaCon. By eliminating the need for Head-Mounted Displays, we’re turning VR experiences into a very social experience that many in the location-based entertainment industry have been asking for,” said Wim Buyens, CEO of Cinionic.

According to projections by Greenlight Insights, location-based entertainment is anticipated to become a $1 billion market by the end of 2018, comprising seven percent of the virtual reality industry with growth projected up to $12 billion by 2023.

Cinionic, along with its technology and content studio partners, is developing a turnkey system that delivers inclusive, social VR entertainment purpose-built for cinema lobbies.