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Inflight entertainment provider SkyLights merges with premium cinematic VR headset creator Allomind
Today, SkyLights, the market leader in immersive Inflight Entertainment (IFE), and Allomind, maker of premium cinematic VR headsets, announce they have successfully merged companies to bring high-end cinematic VR entertainment to the travel industry and beyond. The new entity will operate under the name SkyLights Inc. and will combine Allomind’s expertise in nanotechnology, optics and consumer products with SkyLights’ premium content partnerships, proprietary software and commercial experience in the airline market.
“Allomind’s superior-design hardware has been instrumental in enabling SkyLights to focus on the premium passenger experience first. In consolidating our expertise, we are now in the advantageous position to grow VR as inflight entertainment and pursue our shared vision of enabling anyone to sit back and enjoy an immersive cinematic experience on demand. Essentially, we have come together to create the ultimate immersive media platform, 30,000 ft in the air.”, said David Dicko, CEO of SkyLights.
The partnership between SkyLights and Allomind started last year when they worked together to develop and launch Allosky, the most lightweight and comfortable standalone Cinematic VR system on the market. Having successfully launched Allosky in June 2018, SkyLights has turned its focus to rapid commercial expansion around the globe with airlines and also across several other travel industry verticals such as airport lounges, high-speed trains, hotels and cruise ships.
“Rapid, lean innovation is what we do best. With access to a strong marketplace, we will continue to launch even more innovative products and rich experiences that will change the landscape of the travel industry”, said Abhijit Limaye, CEO of Allomind.
“Alaska Airlines has enjoyed working with the SkyLights team to become the first carrier to bring SkyLights’ new Allosky Cinematic VR entertainment to North American airspace,” said David Scotland, Alaska Airlines’ manager of inflight entertainment and connectivity. “We look forward to the enhanced innovation and increased expertise resulting from the newly expanded SkyLights Inc.”
Leading the new organization will be David Dicko, current CEO of SkyLights, and previous Air France pilot and executive. Allomind’s co-founder and CEO, Abhijit Limaye, will be the new company’s Chief Product and Technology Officer, having previously worked at Amazon Devices’ Lab126 on products such as Amazon Kindle and Amazon Echo Dot. The company will operate with offices in Silicon Valley - California, Paris and Toulouse.