Not to spoil Tom Cruise’s latest Mission: Impossible movie (this is shown in all the marketing materials for Rogue Nation), but he hangs from the side of an airplane as it takes off. It’s the kind of sequence meant to grab viewers and convince audiences that 53-year-old Cruise is still an action star able to pull off his own stunts almost 20 years after the first movie in the series hit theaters.
Soon, attendees at Immersed Europe, which is happening in Spain on September 3 and 4, will don a VR headset and grab onto the fuselage of a plane to experience the stunt in virtual reality. The demo joins a growing list of experiences that will be shown at the conference. Among them is Overkill’s The Walking Dead VR experience shown on the ultra-wide field of view StarVR head mounted display as well as VR footage from the decaying area around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The event, hosted by the Immersive Technology Alliance, will also have free access to an exhibition on Friday evening, September 4, but you have to pre-register. Immersed Europe is designed as an educational and networking event for immersive technology professionals that’s a bit closer than Toronto for those living and working in Europe. The separate Immersed event will happen from Oct. 4 to 6 in Canada.
Both Immersed conferences are part of a busy schedule of mixed reality events over the coming months that includes VRLA on August 29, Oculus Connect 2 from September 23 to 25, the Vision VR/AR Summit hosted by Unity on February 10 and 11 next year and VRDC (Virtual Reality Developers conference) on March 14 and 15, on the first few days of the Game Developers Conference.