PARIS SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY MUSEUM LAUNCHES VIRTUAL REALITY CENTRE, ‘GEODE VR’ WITH HTC VIVE

HTC Vive partners with La Geode at Paris Sciences and Industry Museum to launch Geode VR, the new destination to experience immersive virtual reality.

Paris - HTC Corporation today announced partnership with La Geode, part of Paris’ Science and Industry Museum, located in the heart of Paris’ Creative industry quarter, Parc de La Villette. From December 2017, La Geode will be hosting an all-new virtual reality centre, comprising of different VR zones, offering an immersive journey to explore the possibilities of VR.

La Geode is world renowned for its immersive spectacular cinematic experiences belongs to a site attracting 4 million attendees per year. The iconic spherical building, modelled after the earth, houses a multi-purpose venue including an IMAX dome housing a giant screen of 1,000 square metres, made to discover the history and secrets of our planet.

Partnering with HTC Vive was a clear choice from the start says Laurent Dondey, Managing Director of La Geode adding: “The partnership with HTC Vive is exciting, it opens La Geode not only to a new dimension reinforcing its unique immersion signature in Europe with a new offer. It also revives the production and coordination activities of the Company at the crossing of institutional and private worlds in the fields of artistic creation, museography and the production of programs or organization of special events”.

Hervé Fontaine, Vice President Virtual Reality B2B and Business Development at HTC Vive said, “We are thrilled to undertake a project of such quality and exciting potential as La Geode at Paris Science and Industry Museum. It provides a unique blend of education and entertainment, and the perfect destination to offer immersive VR experiences for all the family”.

The VR experience takes place in groups of 9, and with the help of a trained coach, participants go through 3 different VR experiences each gradually increasing the level of immersion in the virtual world:

CINE VR 360° - a seated experience, where participants view three 360 films

GAMING VR - two seated VR experiences, showcasing the latest in gaming VR

THE LIVING ROOM OF THE FUTURE – a fully immersive room-scale virtual reality experience. With HTC Vive, the participants can freely move with 360º absolute motion tracking and experience true-to-life interactions with the virtual environment. Participants can play with a virtual dog, teleport in space to understand how the solar system works, tests their skills at longbow archery, take a dive under the sea or join a ballet dancer in an artistic performance.

Geode VR is launching this week and is due to continue until Summer 2017. You can book a slot and find out more information at https://www.lageode.fr/les-programmes/geode-vr/

About HTC
HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and HTC Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com

About HTC VIVE™
VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform developed by HTC and Valve for total immersion in virtual worlds. Designed from the ground up for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions, VIVE delivers on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content. VIVE has been recognized with over 65 awards and wide critical acclaim since its unveiling in 2015. For more information, visit www.VIVE.com.