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PH706 : Immersive Virtual Club 

Link to the experience:

PH706 is an immersive and narrative-driven virtual club that invites users to experience raves and parties beyond their immediate physical realms.

Story :

In a neon-lit dystopian world where humanoid robots known as Neo-bots are isolated and suspended in water tanks due to the spread of a new kind of virus that was causing them to malfunction.

 

In the year PH706, After four decades, the virus declines and Neobots break out of their glass tanks to reunite and celebrate their new-found freedom.

Experience :

Users can enter the VR experience using their laptops or VR goggles. Users are first invited to enter the experience through our website with a video that narrates the story of the Neobots after which you enter an interactive party space called the PH706. Each room inside the experience consists of a different musical set created by us. Space makes use of positional audio to not only experience the music through navigation but also to communicate with other users inside the platform. So far my team and I have thrown up to 6 to 7 Virtual parties inside our platform and have received remarkable feedback.

Offboarding experience :

After the party, the users are invited back into the platform the following day to experience the additional narrative pieces of the story. In order to achieve this, we added hovering shapes with voice-overs with minimal sound effects. Each shape narrating a different part of the story.

Role:

Design Direction, Sound Design, User Experience, User Research and Testing

Collaborators : 

Daniel Vera, Shiyou Peng,

Xiaoxuan Li, Ziwei Zhao

Process

Brief :

Immersive environments and platforms, using critical, speculative and fictional forms of design to explore the future effects of interactive time-based media on human communication, behaviour and experience.

Approach :

To create a narrative-driven virtual club focusing on social interactions and immersivity.  

Approach :

To create a narrative-driven virtual club focusing on social interactions and immersivity.  

Key Features :

Immersion: Using 360° navigation and positional audio, users can move around different spaces within a given environment to experience different music sets and ambient sounds attached to a virtual speaker.

Compatibility: Web Browsers on Desktops, Mobiles, Tablets, Laptops and VR Headsets.

Interactivity: Enabling users to communicate via microphone and chat, in three-dimensional virtuality. 

Accessibility: The environment can be accessed from most browsers without needing to download an app or any software.