Friday, March 23, 2018

Saban Brands Taps Vertebrae to Leverage Augmented Reality at Scale for ‘Power Rangers’ 25th Anniversary Campaign

Saban Brands Taps Vertebrae to Leverage Augmented Reality at Scale for ‘Power Rangers’ 25th Anniversary Campaign

Saban’s Power Rangers Ad Campaign Marks First Multi-Environment Augmented Reality Experience on Mobile Web

[Above] Saban’s Power Rangers’ 25th Anniversary Augmented Reality Mobile Web Ad User Experience Flow.

LOS ANGELES -- March 5, 2018 -- With Saban Brands, Vertebrae, the leading augmented and virtual reality platform, today unveiled the first multi-environment mobile Web augmented reality (AR) ad experience as part of the official 25th anniversary campaign for Saban’s Power Rangers, the iconic superhero franchise.

Launched on premium publisher sites across Safari mobile browsers on March 5, 2018, this first-of-its-kind interactive AR experience allows fans to morph into their favorite Power Ranger and teleport to the Command Center. The mobile Web AR experience is part of Saban Brands’ “You’ve Got the Power” campaign leading up to the Power Rangers’ official 25th anniversary on August 28, 2018.

“With Vertebrae, we are able to widely distribute this multi-faceted experience built specifically for the fans to bring Saban’s Power Rangers to life through an innovative mobile AR campaign,” said Janet Hsu, CEO at Saban Brands. “Since the ‘Power Rangers’ premiere in 1993, fans have imagined themselves as Rangers and with this immersive experience, fans can put themselves in the Rangers’ helmets to unleash their inner superhero, right on their mobile devices.”

How It Works

1. User taps on a banner ad with a preview GIF of the experience.

2. Viewer arrives in Power Rangers AR experience where proprietary face mapping technology tracks the user’s face activating the carousel of Power Ranger helmets and armor.

3. Viewer has the option to “try on” different Power Rangers characters, choosing from the Pink, Red and Green Rangers.

4. Viewer has option to ‘Tap for Command Center’ turning on a green screen experience of Zordon’s Tube. The image on the green screen can be toggled on/off by viewer interaction.

5. Viewer snaps a photo of experience and a static branded frame appears as an overlay with option to “Save”, “Retake” or tap straight through to

“This is the most sophisticated Web augmented reality ad campaign to date, and people can experience it at scale,” said Vince Cacace, CEO at Vertebrae. “Historically AR has not been accessible at scale but Vertebrae’s AR ad units work on premium publisher sites across the mobile Web, bringing Saban’s Power Rangers’ AR experience to hundreds of millions of people across the U.S.”

From its inception, Vertebrae was built to support virtual and augmented reality advertising for the next generation of immersive media. Vertebrae’s Web AR offering leverages proprietary FACE® and SPACE® augmented reality technologies.

FACE® uses front-facing camera and proprietary computer vision technology (face mapping, gesture recognition and green screen), and allows people to virtually try-on objects and simulate animated experiences.

SPACE® uses rear-facing camera and computer vision technology (markerless point and surface tracking), and allows people to place objects in their physical environments like placing a car in a driveway or a coffee maker in a kitchen.

Added Cacace: “Web AR marketing needs to have utility and provide an engaging and personalized experience for a consumer on the path to purchase. We're excited to help Saban Brands develop an interactive relationship with its global audience, by allowing Power Rangers fans to take part in and be the star of the experience.”

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 25 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 25th season, “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel” currently airing on Saturdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

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Original source: Saban Brands' press center.
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