Birdly Meets NEXT FEST

The full-body virtual reality simulator from Zurich is landing at Sundance’s NEXT FEST in L.A.

Event Details


Theatre at the Ace Hotel
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90015 United States


August 07, 2015 - August 10, 2015



Something special is in the air at the Sundance NEXT FEST in downtown LA, a weekend festival of film and music fueled by the renegade spirit of independent artists, headquartered at the Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA. Amid the films and fans, there is Birdly, the full-body virtual reality simulator that has been gaining fans around the world for the last year.

After touching down at swissnex San Francisco, Siggraph in Vancouver, B.C., the New Frontiers exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW in Austin, and more, they’re landing in Hollywood.

Birdly co-founders Max Rheiner, Fabian Troxler, and Thomas Tobler, who recently launched their company Somniac, are also bringing their machine and four students from the Zurich University of the Arts to the Institute for Creative Technologies at USC in Los Angeles, where they’ll work with a pioneering lab for virtual reality and it’s leader, Mark Bolas, Director for Mixed Reality Research (whose former student and staffer was Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus).



Photo: Myleen Hollero