Tech Stack: Apple’s AR headset and more…

Our weekly tech round-up from the world of ticketing and associated industries…

Apple’s AR headset

Apple’s new augmented reality (AR) Vision Pro headset has been tipped to transform how people enjoy live entertainment.

The spatial computer product, which was introduced at the tech giant’s annual WWDC event, has the capability of enhancing areas of life such as workspaces, communications and gameplay, but could be particularly impactful within the live events realm. The Vision Pro gives users the opportunity to experience the immersive feeling of a being at a large-scale event remotely and can also offer AR innovations for those physically attending concerts, gigs and sporting fixtures.

While AR headsets have existed for some years, Apple’s global reach and the technological prowess of the Vision Pro and its 23 million pixels could eventually bring AR into the mainstream – although the initial price tag of $3,499 suggests this could still be some way away.

Apple said: “Apple Vision Pro is the result of decades of experience designing high‑performance, mobile, and wearable devices — culminating in the most ambitious product Apple has ever created. Vision Pro integrates incredibly advanced technology into an elegant, compact form, resulting in an amazing experience every time you put it on.”

Video mapping tech comes to Nîmes ampitheatre

Tickets are now on sale for a brand new historical show featuring video mapping technologies and special effects at the historic Arènes de Nîmes in France.

The Arena and the Keys of Time show, which will be staged over six nights in August, features scenes from the city’s history, including the visit of Francois I in the 1500s, the French Revolution and various battles. The immersive show at the venue that dates back to 100 AD also features more than 200 extras, horses and stunt performers.

New platform for Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit has launched its new and improved website, with a focus on engagement and storytelling within a more intuitive design.

The top-tier National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team’s platform, which has been developed to reduce friction by digital design agency Kurt Noble, features a new ticketing page that provides easy navigation to details about season memberships, single match tickets, premium seating at Audi Field, groups and more. The community section offers information on transportation, accessibility and mobile ticketing.

“We are obsessed with raising the bar for our fans and our players and building this new site was a priority,” said president of business operations Emma May. “Our website is one of the most important tools we have to share club information and to communicate with our fans. We now have a professional site that is accessible to use and fans can easily find all the information they need – ticket information, promotions, news, community activities – they can even learn our supporter chants!”

New season ticket resale app unveiled

TiqAssist has launched its new app designed to make selling games easier than ever for season ticket holders across the US.

Through the app, season ticket holders can access TiqAssist’s ticketing technology and concierge customer service all on their personal devices, with a view to streamlining guaranteed season ticket resale.

The app offers a customised, fully priced dashboard where users can manage their leagues and teams and select the games they wish to sell. TiqAssist currently services 800 season ticket holders of over 100 teams across the five major leagues, and has experienced triple-digit year-over-year growth.