SACO LED and HOLOPLOT Will Highlight New Sphere Experience Show in Las Vegas Starting Next Week
Sphere Entertainment Co just debuted The Sphere Experience, a new genre of live entertainment that they said will transform the shared experience and put Sphere’s 22nd-century immersive technologies on full display. The approximately two-hour program begins in the Atrium, which tells a universal story of how culture, technology, science, art and the natural world have been intertwined throughout human history. Through one-of-a-kind immersive experiences created specifically for Sphere, guests will better understand how technology amplifies our human potential. The Sphere Experience then continues in the main venue bowl for a multi-sensory cinematic experience at an unparalleled scale — Darren Aronofsky’s Postcard from Earth.
“Every aspect of Sphere was designed to transport audiences to new places, both real and imagined, and The Sphere Experience is where that vision comes together in its most integrated form,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of Sphere Entertainment. “From the moment guests enter the venue, Sphere’s next-generation technologies will create an unforgettable journey, which includes a sci-fi exploration of our planet via Darren Aronofsky’s Postcard from Earth.”
Darren Aronofsky said: “Sphere is a temple to the arts. It’s not built for sports, it’s built for performance and for this new moving image medium: this experiential cinema. I can’t wait to share Postcard from Earth with the world.”
The Sphere Experience journey is curated by five humanoid robots — named Aura — that serve as interactive guides to Sphere, each focusing on one fundamental aspect of human ability: connection, creativity, innovation, longevity, and productivity. Aura was developed using next-generation technology in robotic mechanics and artificial intelligence.
Aura will guide guests through an interactive demonstration of Sphere Immersive Sound powered by HOLOPLOT which shows beamforming technology can simultaneously send unique audio content to specific locations, allowing guests to hear completely different content — such as languages or instruments. Sphere Immersive Sound is the “world’s most advanced concert-grade audio system” — using 3D audio beamforming technology and wave field synthesis to deliver targeted, crystal-clear, and uniform audio to every seat in Sphere.
Other immersive technology experiences in the Atrium include a 50-foot-high holographic installation that draws on Postcard from Earth’s themes, machine learning artwork, LED displays, and a 360-degree avatar capture that virtually puts guests on top of Sphere.
The Atrium experience ties directly into the main cinematic feature – Postcard from Earth – a first-of-its-kind immersive film by Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky. Postcard from Earth is a portrait of our planet, re-imagined as a sci-fi experience. The film brings audiences on a voyage spanning all seven continents: and deep into the ocean, high into the mountains, into the eye of a storm, and out into space.
Postcard from Earth takes full advantage of Sphere’s experiential, next-generation technologies to transport audiences and engage the senses, making them feel like they have traveled to new worlds without leaving their seats in Las Vegas.
This includes utilizing the interior SACO brand LED display plane that wraps up, over, and around the audience to create a fully immersive visual environment. At 16K x 16K, it is the highest-resolution LED screen on Earth. Through Sphere Immersive Sound, various technologies, including beamforming, enable audio to be directed to specific locations at a consistent volume – from point of origin to destination. Sphere’s audio system also allows sound designers to create a virtual point of origin and place it in a precise spatial location – meaning audio can be directed to the listener to sound close, even though the source is far away.
Postcard from Earth is also the first production to feature the venue’s multi-sensory 4D technologies. This includes immersive seats with an infrasound haptic system that will use deep vibrations so guests can feel the experience — such as the rumble of thunder or a soaring rocket launch. Sphere also utilizes environmental effects to rouse the senses — the feeling of a cool breeze and familiar scents – which help audiences conjure the feeling of being there.