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VR Paul McCartney: Experience 'Live and Let Die' From Onstage

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 09:15 AM

Paul McCartney is offering fans the chance to join him onstage through virtual reality headsets for a sold-out "Live and Let Die" stadium performance. No VR headset? You can make one out of cardboard.

The experience, which seats you next to Sir Paul while he performs, is free to anyone with the Google Cardboard app on Android Phones, tech site The Verge reported Thursday.

Up until now, Google's Cardboard app has only drawn interest from people interested in virtual reality technology, providing users with Google Earth tours, a Volvo demo, and a few rudimentary games. McCartney's new virtual reality music video, however, could very well give everyday Joes and Janes a reason to strap on a headset.

The "Live and Let Die" VR experience and everything that runs on the Google Cardboard app is meant to be used with a headset that anyone can make at home with a pizza box and Google's free cut-out pattern. Once the cardboard is successfully folded into goggles, users simply slip their smartphone into the front chamber, where the app renders an immersive experience using special optical arrangements.

For the McCartney concert, 360-degree video company Jaunt filmed the former Beatle at his August tour stop at San Francisco's Candlestick Park using on-stage cameras that see in every direction.

That means that when users boot up the virtual reality app, they'll be seated at Paul's piano, with the ability to look down at the keys, or out to the crowd.

Janut vice president Scott Broock said that his company demonstrated the technology for McCartney in Los Angeles this summer, and he was so impressed he agreed to have the San Francisco show recorded the next day.

"You could see him get it instantly," said Broock.



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