(Toronto, Ontario- June 26, 2017) ARHT Media Inc. (“ARHT” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: ART), creators of digital human holograms, called HumaGrams™, made its entrance at Awesome Con, when it surprised thousands of attendees by beaming in Stephen Hawking to Washington D.C.’s most popular Comic Con.
Awesome Con is an annual event that brings together the best of entertainment, science and technology for a three- day event attracting everyone from Doctor Who to NASA.
The word “entertainment” might be an understatement.
ARHT’s HumaGram™ of Stephen Hawking was displayed in life-like stereoscopic 3D and was capable of interacting with the audience and answering questions on everything from alien life to nuclear technology
ARHT collaborated with Leftfield Media and Smithsonian to deliver a 3D hologram of Stephen Hawking to thousands of onlookers during the StarTalk Live! – a Future Con panel discussion with Canadian Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield and Scott Adist. The unsuspecting crowd welcomed the surprise visit with roars of applauds and the flickering of thousands of iPhone cameras.
“Awesome Con is a major event for D.C. and we were proud to partner with LeftField Media to celebrate the pursuit of knowledge with the thousands of enthusiasts that this event draws each year,” said Michael Caruso, Editor in Chief of Smithsonian Magazine and Vice President of Live Events. “This event is more than a comic book convention; Awesome Con is where technology meets science fiction and that is exactly why ARHT’s technology was a perfect fit to integrate legendary Stephen Hawking this year.”
Awesome Con will be added to ARHT’s growing portfolio of spectacular events including the 2017 Audi Cup in Munich, Germany. The technology company also collaborated with The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and beamed in Premier Justin Trudeau, Larry King and Canada’s first female astronaut, Roberta Bondar to a sold out event in May.
“We strive to break the barriers of time and space and we are always looking for new industries that we can participate in,” said Paul Duffy, CEO of ARHT. “For us, Awesome Con allowed us to showcase our technology and deliver a true legend from the United Kingdom to the centre stage of this spectacular event in D.C. This is what we get out of bed for.”
ARHT now has plans to expand into new verticals including hospitality, transportation and telemedicine to name a few.
“Isn’t it great to think that this is only the beginning of what is possible?” said Duffy.
About ARHT Media
ARHT’s patented Augmented Reality Holographic Telepresence technology is the world’s first complete end-to-end solution for the creation, transmission, and delivery of lifelike digital human holograms, known as HumaGrams™.
The company’s technology is protected by U.S. Patent No. 9,581,962.
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair, Awesome Con, Rose City Comic Con, Anime NYC, the Five Points Festival, and the Classic Auto Show.
About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington DC, attracting over 70,000 attendees in 2017. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more.
About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.
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ARHT Media trades under the symbol “ART” on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange.
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