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Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone.

Vivid Sydney: How Lunar Park's face will change 27,000 times

News Corp Australia

THE face of Sydney's iconic Lunar Park is expected to change about 27,000 times during the next 23 nights as part of an unprecedented collaboration between the Opera House and Samsung Mobile Australia.

 More than 85,000 people are expected to line up from 6pm each night for the chance to have their augmented reality emoji created using a Galaxy S9 phone at the display and then beamed onto the face of Luna Park.

 In what is being hailed as the biggest 'activation' marketing venture in Australia for Samsung, a two-storey interactive featuring two kilometres of LED strip lights has been built on the forecourt of the Opera House.

'The Night. Reimagined. Labyrinth' offers two different pathways on entry, for a 90-metre 'light and sensory voyage'.

The first journey will introduce participants to the AR Emoji and Slow-mo redefined features of the Samsung S9 and S9+, while the second leads visitors through an audio light and soundscape experience.

Both offer what is being described as the ultimate selfie moments to send to Facebook and Instagram.

Attendees will walk away with a digital souvenir pack, which contains images and selfies from the activation, including their very own AR Emoji on Luna Park and/or a bespoke slo-mo video.

Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone.
Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone. Mark Furler

Danielle Palmer, marketing director of Samsung Mobile Australia, took media on a preview of the incredible display along with the Jamie Skaltsounis, the company's senior event and experience manager.

With 10 Samsung stations featuring the new phone, Samsung hopes to be able to get 1200 people a night through the display.

 

Creating an augmented reality emoji with the Samsung Galaxy S9 phone.
Creating an augmented reality emoji with the Samsung Galaxy S9 phone. Mark Furler

Those who don't manage to get that experience will be treated to a slow motion studio experience featuring mirrors to put themselves in the picture.

 

Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone.
Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone. Mark Furler

The second level of the display, which has an open roof to take in the Opera House and the night sky, features one of the best vantage points to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney skyline.

 

Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone.
Samsung's Vivid Sydney interactive shows off the latest emoji augmented reality, low light and slow-mo features of its flagship Galaxy S9 phone. Mark Furler

Those doing the emoji experience will be able to have a photo taken of themselves which is then converted into an emoji which can be customised with different hair, clothes, skin tone and glasses.

Once registered, the emoji is sent to a virtual boat which takes it across the harbour to be loaded onto the face of Luna Park.

A sequence gives participants their '13 seconds fame' before they are replaced with another.