We were blown away by virtual-reality park The Void

Have you ever wished you could jump into your favorite video game or live inside a movie? Those are only some of the possibilities offered by The Void, the first company to seamlessly blend virtual reality experiences with real, physical environments, for the sake of entertainment and fun.

Tech Insider was the first media outlet to visit The Void’s headquarters in Utah, and we got to try some of the company’s first creations. These experiences are still far from final, but what we saw was impressive and entertaining. The possibilities are truly endless in The Void.

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Designs Latest Attraction with RideView™ VR Software from Holovis

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first Ferrari branded and largest indoor theme park, has utilised a new design platform to create what is sure to be its next record breaking attraction.

RideView™ from Holovis Attractions allowed the design team, led by Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, to see things from a completely new perspective, stepping inside the experience using virtual reality.

This unique visualisation and simulation process takes place in the Holovis VR CAVE environment, a five sided holographic-effect room where all sides feature 3D volumetric projection with full head-tracking and interaction. The design can be virtually reviewed at every stage in a 1:1 scale, real-time environment, allowing the client, stakeholders and different project teams the ability to review all aspects of the ride design and programme. This includes its relationship to the installation site, building and facilities, including all compliance requirements and most importantly the actual ride experience. All can be optimised as if in the real world, well in advance of the complex on-site installation.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Designs Latest Attraction with RideView™ VR Software from Holovis

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Water Parks Add High-Tech Thrills

Water parks are getting a technological upgrade. Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos and the Wet ’n Wild park in Las Vegas have both introduced a ride called Slideboarding, which its inventors describe as “Guitar Hero inside a water slide.”

Presented as the world’s first video game in a water park, the ride puts some game controllers on a water slide board. Participants zoom down a tube and score points by pressing their control buttons to corresponding flashing lights. The game is designed to be interactive and intelligent: Scoreboards are visible as participants exit the tubes and help stir some friendly competition (summer family suite rates from $299 to $349). The ride will also be available on the MSC Seaside cruise ship that’s planned for 2017.

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Evans & Sutherland to Demonstrate 8K Digistar 5 Fulldome System

Evans & Sutherland has signed on as a partner-level sponsor, the highest level of support, for the upcoming Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) International Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco on September 9-11 and Dome Day at The Tech Museum in San Jose on September 12.

As part of its sponsorship, Evans & Sutherland will demonstrate an 8K digital fulldome system using its Digistar 5 system with Christie 4K projectors during Dome Day at The Tech Museum of Innovation onSaturday, September 12. This will be an excellent opportunity to see a variety of high-resolution material on a state-of-the-art digital dome system that equals or exceed the brightness and resolution of 15/70 film.

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A Real and Virtual Actor Interact In A 3D Projection Mapping Experience

Paintscaping have brought us a real and virtual actor, interacting in a 3D projection mapping experience. A live character, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne de Bienville, a Frenchman who founded New Orleans and went on to conquer Pensacola, FL communicates with a virtual character, Don Tristan de Luna y Arrellano, the first Spaniard to settle in Pensacola in 1559. de Bienville is played by Philippe Bergeron, CEO of PaintScaping and actor while de Luna y Arrellano is played by Jean-Louis Darville, a French actor living in Los Angeles.

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New Mobile Gaming Wall Debuts in Denver

MVP Interactive, a technology, marketing and software company specializing in in-venue interactive audience engagement, has rolled out a new mobile gaming wall at this year’s All Star Week for MLS in Denver, Colorado. The mobile unit is a self-contained hydraulic 90-inch touchscreen display that easily encloses into a roadie case.

Fans attending the events at Sky Line Park, and Dick’s Sporting Good Stadium had the opportunity to take penalty kicks against Audi’s virtual goalie.

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Hands-on with Rabbids VR Ride

Ubisoft have famously back-peddled on their reluctance to work on virtual reality (VR) products after having once noted that the head-mounted displays would have to sell one million units before receiving AAA support. Thankfully, the publisher is now backing the new medium with not only a full release in the form of Trackmania Turbo, but also with more experimental projects including Rabbids VR Ride, which is being shown to the public for the very first time at Gamescom this week.

Rabbids VR Ride is most definitely sitting on the ‘experimental’ side of VR design as, given the extensive hardware requirements, it’s unlikely that it will eve become a consumer product. Using the second iteration of the Oculus Rift development kit, aka DK2, the player sits upon a specially crafted chair designed by D-Box. This chair not only represents the player’s position in-game – a technique that is used by many to reduce the possibility of invoking simulator sickness – but also moves on hydraulic pistons as a simulation of the action the player witnesses.

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40 Years of Gaming… Song!

 

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Disney’s updating Star Tours for The Force Awakens, bringing Iron Man to theme parks

At the D23 Expo earlier today, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced a pair of massive Star Wars-themed attractions for the company’s Disney theme parks in California and Florida. But the company has even more planned for Star Wars at Disneyland and Disney World, including a Star Wars: The Force Awakens-themed update for its classic Star Tours ride.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek announced “Star Tours – The Adventures Continues” at D23 today, which Disney calls “a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy.”

Also coming to Disneyland and Disney World later this year is Star Wars Launch Bay, an “interactive experience” that includes exhibits and a behind-the-scenes peek at The Force Awakens. Disney’s Jedi Training Academy, which is aimed at younger theme park visitors, will also be updated with characters from Disney XD’s animated series Star Wars Rebels.

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Conference Announcements Q3 2015

The owner and founder of The Stinger Report, KWP, and the DNA Association, will be supporting these events, affording our readers access to special discounts for those wanting to attend:
Immersed Europe
Location: University of Murcia, Región de Murcia, Spain
Date: September 3-4, 2015
Details: Following the successful first Immersed conference held at Toronto last year, the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) has been working to expand its series of conferences – and has decided to add a new European event to their schedule. Immersed Europe is designed to give content makers, technology innovators, and professionals the tools and resources they need to build their businesses in the Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality sectors.

Having gathered an impressive and influential list of speakers to present at this inaugural European event, the ITA has offered the opportunity for KWP to reprise the successful presentation given at the Toronto event last year – with a dedicated section on the Out-of-Home entertainment application of this new technology and its impact on the industry’s future. The session “Immersive Tech in Public Exhibition” will take place on 4 September, 2015.

Digital Hollywood Fall 2015 
Location: Ritz Carlton, Marina del Rey, California, USA
Date: October 19-22, 2015
Details: Recognized as the leading conference series in the digital entertainment field, Digital Hollywood has built on many years of successfully gathering the leading executives and investors in executives in the film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries. Their groundbreaking conference has recently started to embrace the issues shaping the sector from such new technology as Virtual Reality (VR) in cinema and movie production – and has included coverage of the impact of these technologies on different segments of the Out-of-Home sector, including attractions and leisure entertainment.
Digital Hollywood’s organizers have extended their support to KWP and the DNA Association, giving us a prime opportunity to expand on our successful presentation at their May event. We’re gathering a number of industry leaders in the Out-of-Home Entertainment sector to discuss their unique experiences in applying Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) technology to this market, and we’ll be moderating these special sessions, on the “VR-AR-Immersive Track“, on Tuesday, October 20th and Wednesday, October 21st.
The Digital Hollywood organizers have extended a “Registration Discount” to our readership –
We will keep our readers updated on key developments arising from these groundbreaking events, though we would like to see you all in the audience – as we believe that the subjects covered in these sessions will benefit all who are interested in the future of their business’s profits. If there are any questions – or if you would like to be directly involved as a supporter for these events – please contact me directly.