Hollywood VFX Veteran Makes Magic With Augmented Reality

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Big Blue Ceiling, the Extended Reality think tank created by Hollywood visual effects veteran and software architect Eddie Offermann, has released its first mobile-based Mixed Reality app on the Google Play and Apple iOS App Stores.

The experience allows users to look at cards from the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck and immediately see the traditional interpretation of the card – many of them with dramatic effects and animation. Since Tarot cards have different interpretations depending on if they’re right-side-up or upside-down, the interpretation changes as the user turns the card. Tarot decks are divided into two main categories or “Arcana” – the Major Arcana, which consists of 21 cards plus “The Fool”, and the Minor Arcana which consists of four 14-card suits. The Augmented Tarot presents the Major Arcana with brilliant magical effects, and the Minor Arcana with more understated glowing borders and descriptions.

With an early version produced by Eddie Offermann as a “weekend sprint” project in late January 2016, The Augmented Tarot was later demonstrated on YouTube and at several VR events around Los Angeles. It was a big hit even if it wasn’t a full-featured app as Eddie travelled to events for Mirada Studio, showing off their past VR projects, and demonstrating a few of his personal experiments, to expose eventgoers to the possibilities of Augmented and Mixed Reality.

“People said it was really magical,” says think tank founder Eddie Offermann. “I’m not sure most people thought of immediate commercial applications for the technology – augmented reality was too new to most of them – but it got people thinking and it got them to bring their friends back to the Mirada booth so we could talk to them about our work.”

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