Immersive storytelling has grown new roots with technology, but this revolutionary iPad demo takes those roots to a deeper level of three dimensional integration that we’ve only seen with the likes of Oculus Rift. Now, we know it’s possible that this three dimensional storytelling style can also be available for iPad users.
IDNA is the first story deployed on our spatial storytelling prototype. Each scene is designed on 360 degrees, so that you can explore it however you want through the story. This is done simply by turning the iPad around you. The story has branches: according to the user’s focus on certain angles or characters, the film may take a different path. The idea is to bring the viewer to follow the story according to its sensitivity and its affects to a particular character or a particular event. The audio narrative is 3D sound, sensitive to the body’s orientation.
The project is born out of a kid’s dream of being able to see beyond the screen in a film context. Next step of this is to propose a full immersive adventure in which walking, going up and down through physical movements will be part of the gameplay.
This video demo is from Apelab, a Geneva company specializing in interactive storytelling. The idea behind IDNA, Apelab’s first story, is its ability to control the visual and sound environment based on the iPad user’s point of view. Further, the choose your own adventure style ensures that you can have many variations of the same story. It’s unfortunate that we have to wait to actually experience more stories like this, but the technology is fairly new, and therefore limited to demos such as this video until a successful crowd-funding campaign is completed. In the meantime, you can visit Apelab’s website to see this and other projects.