How immersive technology can shape emotional engagement

Discover the transformative power of immersive technology. Dive into a world where simple interactions leave indelible emotional imprints.
Written by
Ty Curtis
Published on
14th February, 2024

In the world of immersive technology, we're seeing not just innovations, but deeply moving experiences that resonate on a personal level.


'Buddy', an interactive VR experience is a prime example, where a simple interaction with a mouse in a theme park left an indelible emotional imprint. Even back in 2018, this experience was a poignant reminder of how technology can evoke profound feelings, transforming a digital encounter into a heartfelt moment.


This emotional connection is not limited to poignant narratives. It can also emerge in playful and surprising ways. Take the ‘Burn That Ad’ campaign by Burger King in Brazil. Through this inventive use of AR, users could point their smartphones at competitor ads, which would then be engulfed in virtual flames and transform into a Burger King ad, with the delightful reward of a free Whopper at the end. This clever fusion of technology, competition, and reward created a different type of emotional engagement – one of excitement, amusement, and satisfaction.


AI is now also playing a role in creating more depth when interfacing emotionally with technology, particularly loneliness. Platforms like Character.AI are at the forefront, offering a diverse array of AI-powered personalities. These virtual companions provide users with engaging conversations and interactions, accessible right from their pockets. 


These diverse experiences – from the touching journey with a virtual mouse and the playful destruction of an ad, to personal AI pocket pals – exemplify the breadth of emotional engagement that technology can foster. 


As we continue to push the boundaries of technology, we're not just crafting new ways to interact with the digital world; we're creating pathways to a rich spectrum of human emotions. 


What experiences with technology have made you feel something? Share your stories in the comments.




Activate Studios, with its rich history of crafting digital narratives that resonate emotionally, and Pico Play, known for creating immersive physical environments, together are redefining the future of XR experiences. Their collaboration is a testament to the power of uniting storytelling prowess and experiential design expertise.

Ty Curtis - Activate Studios


Ty Curtis is an innovative entrepreneur and leader in the world of immersive entertainment. As the Founder of Activate Studios, Ty has been shaping the landscape of extended reality (XR) experiences since 2012.

An ability to predict future trends, take calculated risks and execute in a commercial manner has sent Ty all around the world working with global brands like BMW, Suzuki, Lendlease and Jimmy Choo.

Activate Studios specialises in the design and production of gamified adventures, immersive experiences, and interactive displays that engage, entertain, and excite audiences, leaving an indelible mark on the future of entertainment.