One of our key distributors I-FX Media sponsored an agency networking evening on the rooftop Sky Bar at the Grange Holborn Hotel, London, UK. Acting Digital LTD was asked to supply a virtual hostess that would meet and greet the guests as they arrived who was played by famous stage and film actress who has starred in films and productions such as Harry Potter, Absolutely Fabuous, Mamma Mia, Wicked & many more. A very stylish location for an event which boasts an amazing skyline view as the sunsets over london.
Despite some last minute changes in the arrangement of the required setup we managed to successfully run a 2 way interactive setup from one end of the bar to the other. This allowed the guests arriving who were being greeted by Sonia our virtual hostess to remain confused as to how the system was actually working, especially as the room got more busy. We installed a 2 way A/V setup with the main screen, mic, camera and speaker at one end of the room and the fluid setup with camera monitor, mixer, headphones and mic being utilised by the operator. This setup enabled a 2 way conversation between the 3d character and the guests.
Everything was setup in time and as the first guests arrived we were up and running, there were many surprised looks from people as the virtual hostess conducted her duty to meet and greet the different attendees of the event. Laughs and smiles ensued and as they could see what was going on it at the other end of the bar was creating quite a buzz. Both I-FX media and their client was very happy with the event and also the fluid systems ability to surprise and entertain the guests.
The client response was very positive and we hope that the guests involved could see the potential of this system in different situations. We continue to strengthen our relationship with I-FX and we have a number of other potential projects together on the horizon. Watch this space