Google’s ATAP division is responsible for quite a few things, perhaps most notably the Project Ara device, a modular smartphone which would allow people to essentially configure their own device based on the components they would want. Another thing Google’s ATAP division has had a hand in are the Spotlight Stories, a small collection of interactive videos which initially appeared only on Motorola’s unlocked devices. Spotlight stories are now no longer a Motorola exclusive affair, and the latest spotlight story has been released, a title called ‘On Ice’ which Google has posted up to YouTube for public consumption.
If you’ve ever experienced a spotlight story before, you’ll know that they aren’t long films, but rather short pieces that offer up a pretty whimsical and fun viewing experience. On Ice, much like past spotlight stories is a 360-degree short film, which means that users who are watching it will have the ability to see different aspects of the story should they choose to. On Ice tells the story of an ice skating star in a Sci-Fi themed ice show, who is used to bathing in the spotlight but ends up meeting an “unlikely rival” out on the ice which may threaten to the steal the spotlight from him.
There’s plenty of comical relief and for anyone who enjoys a bit of light-hearted humor similar to what you’d find in most animated Disney films, On Ice is definitely worth checking out. At current, there are two ways to view the On Ice spotlight story which was just released today. Users can either view the 360-degree video on YouTube, and simply move around the device to show the different angles of the story, or they can pop their device inside of a Google Cardboard VR viewer and watch the spotlight story that way, which may end up feeling more immersive for some. Google also mentions that they will eventually be adding the On Ice short film into the Spotlight Stories applications which are found on Google Play and the iO App Store. If On Ice isn’t enough for you, Google’s HELP! spotlight story comes to YouTube sometime next week although Google doesn’t mention the exact date for when it drops.