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New Dome Standards Group, AFDI, Forms at IMERSA Summit

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IMERSA-logo-LI31-300x300SALT LAKE CITY, USA -- At the 2014 IMERSA Summit in March, key stakeholders in specialty cinema discussed the convergence taking place between giant-screen film domes and digital dome theaters (aka fulldome theaters, or digital planetariums). The dialog moved representatives of leading fulldome system providers Sky-Skan, SCISS and Evans & Sutherland to form a new special interest group: AFDI, the Association of Fulldome Innovators.

Operating under the auspices and government of IMERSA, AFDI supports community-wide, professional standards to facilitate convergence of film domes and digital domes, and move the immersive dome medium forward. During the IMERSA Summit, AFDI held its first meeting to plan for the future and welcomed RSA Cosmos as its fourth founding member. AFDI sees itself as a similar organization to SMPTE.

The world of fulldome: IMERSA Summit 2014 explores immersive media

Judith Rubin, IMERSA

In Gates dome 3Cross-industry dialog
The field of immersive, media-based experiences got a boost when IMERSA welcomed some 200 professionals to its annual Summit, March 6-9 in Denver, to share creative tools, information and business models for planetariums, science centers, and visitor attractions. IMERSA is a nonprofit founded in 2008 on a vision of the potential of digital dome video (“fulldome”) to drive the future of immersive media and digital cinema. The sectors of media production, computer graphics, giant screen cinema, virtual reality, themed entertainment, science education and multimedia arts were all represented at the 2014 Summit.

(Above: In the Gates Planetarium dome at IMERSA Summit 2014. Photo: Mie Kosaka)

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Media inquiries: judy@imersa.org

By positioning the fulldome niche within the larger context of family leisure offerings, IMERSA strives to help dome theaters and content creators become more competitive. Over the past 15 years, hundreds of planetariums around the world have replaced or supplemented their opto-mechanical starball projectors with sophisticated multi-projector, 360 digital dome video (“fulldome”) systems - quietly growing an international network of high-end specialty theaters that keep pushing the technology envelope – some all the way to 8K stereo 3D at 60 frames per second. 

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Affiliates

  • Giant Screen Cinema Association
  • Great Lakes Planetarium Society
  • International Fulldome Arts Alliance (IFAA)
  • International Planetarium Society
  • Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
  • Producers Guild of America
  • The Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory
  • Themed Entertainment Association

Media Partners

  • Fulldome Database
  • Informal Learning Review
  • InPark Magazine
  • LF Examiner
  • Stereo World (National Stereoscopic Association)
  • The Planetarian