VERTICAL REALITY – ADIDAS TERREX LAUNCHES THE ‘DELICATESSEN’ VR RETAIL EXPERIENCE
“OUTDOOR CREATORS WILL BE TRANSPORTED INTO THE SHOES OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES TO TAKE ON ONE OF THE HARDEST CLIMBS OF THE BAVELLA MOUNTAIN RANGE IN CORSICA, WITH THE HELP OF CUTTING-EDGE VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)”
Blood replaces chalk stains that mark razor-thin granite edges.With each movement climbers Delaney Miller and Ben Rueck feel the skin burning from their fingertips.They are also surrounded by 16 GoPros as well as a team of pioneering photographers and software technicians.
Under clear and open Mediterranean skies, buried deep in the heart of Corsica, the rough-hewn granite ‘Delicatessen’ (8b/b+) route summit looms overhead. It’s the ultimate climb within the Punta Du Corbi, an imposing tombstone of rock looming over the valley. The sensation of being just a few holds away from the peak, standing nearly 1,040 meters above sea level, is now as accessible as it has ever been before, thanks to a unique project from adidas TERREX.
Bespoke installation zones strategically positioned outside adidas retail stores in China will give consumers the opportunity to immerse themselves within these Bavella Mountains.
Players wear headsets to enter the 3D recreation of the stunning volcanic landscape and get a visceral sense of the climb with interactive 360 degree video. In this professionally crafted experience, players learn about the best outdoor climbing practices against scenic backdrops, and push themselves by virtually climbing to the final leg of the Delicatessen summit.
Adidas TERREX created this project alongside professional climbers Delaney Miller and Ben Rueck, who charted the route. The project team also partnered with Google, with whom they repurposed an 8k resolution stereoscopic rig, called Google Jump, to film the expansive landscape in 360 degrees. A Google Expedition will also be launching soon.
Stuart Wells, Global Director of Brand Marketing for adidas TERREX, said: “Our athletes are fuelled by creativity and are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and we’re constantly testing the limits of how we can use new technologies to convey the exploits of our athletes. With immersive technologies like VR, we’re able to replicate outdoor sports experiences that customers might not consider otherwise. With this we’re able to introduce how exhilarating outdoor climbing can be,and help them make informed choices about adidas TERREX products.”
THE ADIDAS TERREX ‘DELICATESSEN’ VR EXPERIENCE CAN BE FOUND OUTSIDE SELECT ADIDAS RETAIL STORES IN CHINA, WITH MORE LOCATIONS IN WESTERN EUROPE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
About adidas TERREX
Adidas TERREX is the creator brand in the outdoors. We exist to inspire those who shape their own path in the outdoors. Those who unleash their imagination and progress beyond their expectations – be it climbing, trail running, mountain biking or multi mountain sports.
We do this by striving for new, innovative design solutions, made possible by integrating adidas’ own technologies as well as the finest materials from partners including GORE-TEX®; PrimaLoft®; Polartec® for apparel; and Stealth® and Continental rubber for footwear.
We are proud to count outstanding athletes as Sasha DiGiulian, Shauna Coxsey, Kevin Jorgeson, Martin Söderström, Kai Lightner, Mina Markovič, Luis Alberto Hernando and the Huber Buam in our family and to be a long-standing title sponsor for adidas ROCKSTARS, the contest for the international bouldering elite.
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