Press Release: Immerse yourself in a fantastical augmented reality underworld of devils, satyrs & skeletons this Halloween!


Augmented Reality Concert


Diableries AR App:

Created by The London Stereoscopic Company and Unanico Studios (for Unanico Entertainment, part of Unanico Group), the ‘Diableries AR App’ in its latest re-imagining is 64-bit app supporting and is available to download to all iOS devices, for iOS 9 and above, including for the newest iOS 11.

The revamped Diableries AR App is a digital interactive extension of the unique physical book ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’ that was co-written by legendary rock musician Brian May, guitarist of Queen, with his talented colleagues of the London Stereoscopic Company, such as Denis Pellerin.

Diableries cover

The book is a homage to the original Diableries stereo cards, a 3D stereoscopic phenomenon that started in Paris in the 1860s. The Diableries (which translates roughly as ‘Devilments’) depict an imaginary underworld, populated by devils, satyrs and skeletons. The Diableries have fascinated devotees for over 150 years, and have inspired some of the earliest film-makers, such as George Méliès, the French illusionist and film director who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

The London Stereoscopic Company (LSC), based in Oxford Street London from 1854 to 1922, was revived by Brian May when he took over the company in 2008. Under Brian’s vision, LSC is now a new fine-art publishing company with a mission to share the wonders of the world’s greatest 3D images, from Victorian times to the present day, with enthusiasts and the curious, centred on the stereoscopic photographic output from the 1850s, and the work of Thomas Richard Williams, a British professional photographer and one of the pioneers of stereoscopy.

Through LSC’s fascinating stereoscopic ‘picture books’ and unique OWL stereoscopic viewer and glasses (and OWL virtual reality (VR) kit), Brian and his team aim to re-create the magic of bygone eras for digital natives.

Unanico Group is an internationally award-winning entertainment company co-founded by Jason Jameson and Paul Laikin. Based in central London, Unanico Group has two divisions: Unanico Entertainment and Unanico Studios. The talented team of both divisions are multi-cultural and multi-lingual, and bring decades of experience in the entertainment industry to projects and partnerships.

The re-imagined Diableries AR App allows users to delve into the world of the Diableries stereoscopic cards by exploring Brian May’s personal collection in amazing detail, and the augmented reality functionality allows users to interact with the devilish characters.

The Diableries AR app enables users to enlarge the stereo cards in amazing detail with intuitive controls, and illuminate the cards, transporting users into a ‘night’ scene, where the dark becomes enriched with colours that magically appear, and the eyes of the skeletons shine red and big in macabre fashion, and also follow users around, providing an eerie spooky element. The characters from the Diableries were first bought to life in stereoscopic 3D in the award-winning iTunes #1 Short Film ‘One Night In Hell’ that was inspired by LSC’s original ‘Diableries’book and provided the first collaboration between Unanico Group, Brian and the LSC, and which inspired re-imagining Diableries into apps. The long-standing collaboration between Brian and Unanico Group goes further still, with the original short film being re-imagined into a 3D stereoscopic animated feature film, as well as into an animated long-form series, currently in production in Japan. The Diableries AR App has exclusive original music arranged and produced by Brian May, featuring the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with the soundtrack published by Universal Music Group.

This reboot of the original and first-ever Diableries AR App showcases wonderful spooky features PLUS new fun and scary scenes with clearer and higher quality visuals operated by the new Apple ARKit, giving users more enhanced quality and realistic interactive enjoyment.

With special visual and audio effects, the Diableries AR App’s characters react to and interact with the user’s play, with the entire experience seamlessly recorded in-app, for immediate uploading and sharing to all social channels.

The app is also now 64-bit open source AR API supported, and integrates the native Apple Replaykit, allowing users to enhance the experience further through the AR tracker as never before.

The Diableries AR App is available to download from Apple’s App Store, £2.99.

Diabl-O-Scope AR App:

Created by Unanico Group and the London Stereoscopic Company, the new FREE ‘Diabl-O-Scope AR App’ gives users the capability to bring the devilish characters of the Diableries to life by using the wonders of Apple’s new ARKit.

Users can launch special visual and audio effects that make the characters react to their play, and users can record their virtual experiences, upload and share their videos on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. Users just need to point, click, interact, play, create and share!

With the AR functionality, users see the skeletons come to life right in front of them, and through interacting with the skeletons, and other characters, can create a new story every time they use the app. With crystal-clear imagery and videos, users can watch the bony characters move, interact and react in a way never seen before! Users can launch spooky visual and audio special effects in one of three scenes: The Lost Musicians; A Guitar Solo from Hell; and the Skeleton Card Players.

Users can also tap around to find hidden actions and triggers within the virtual experience to make each play chillingly unique.

The app is a great digital tool for users to create their own AR experiences for Halloween and the Day of the Dead (‘Día de los Muertos’), giving their friends and social community the ultimate delightful scare with realistic demons playing in a rock band with a skeleton guitar, and a table of uncanny characters playing poker.

With music played by legendary rocker Brian May, the Diabl-O-Scope AR App truly takes the 3D horror adventure ‘Diableries’ to the next level.

The Diabl-O-Scope AR App is available to download from Apple’s App Store, FREE.