A new series of domed venues wants to change how we enjoy a traditional planetarium experience, starting with using LED instead of projection. Paul Milligan spoke with Devin Poolman, the CTO of the company behind the idea.
The more things change, the more they stay the same is the old adage. And you could certainly say that about planetariums. The technology has been around since the turn of the last century, during a time of incredible technology progress, but is still drawing crowds to this day. Why 100+ years on, have planetariums achieved such lasting popularity? “They are the original immersive experience,” says Devin Poolman, chief product and technology officer, Cosm.
“It’s trying to bring the elements of a digital experience into a physical world, trying to trick an audience and transport them into another world. Fundamentally it’s the human desire to experience new things, it's why we travel, it's why we get together in groups to do things. Planetariums provide that opportunity to bring an audience together, take them on a trip together and experience something you can't do in your house.”
Cosm is the leading experiential media and immersive technology company redefining the way the world experiences content. With a storied history of building some of the most innovative experience technology in the world, Cosm provides sensorial experiences for every type of fan, from sports and entertainment to immersive art and education. Its immersive venues bridge the virtual and physical worlds through pioneered technology that expands the realm of what’s possible, connecting people and bringing them together in, what is called, Shared Reality. As the company continues to expand to new cities and countries, Cosm is sparking shared passions and providing guests across the globe with experiences they need to feel to believe. To learn more about Cosm, visit www.cosm.com and follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Threads, and TikTok.