The Dawn of Virtual Reality // 10 Minute Documentary

The Dawn of Virtual Reality’ is a short documentary, designed to introduce people to the VR industry, the future potential it has, and show how it may apply to the average person in an unbiased manner.

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Fly Over Canada: The next generation of immersive attractions

FlyOver Canada is a next-generation flying/gliding, media-based motion attraction in the style of Soarin’. What are the key elements that make this experience distinct from earlier genres of motion theater such as represented by Star Tours and Back to the Future – The Ride?

Fly Over Canada: Rick Rothschild and the next generation of immersive attractions

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Is Cashless Coin-Op The Future Of Street Locations?

Ready or not, it looks like the U.S. is moving toward a “cashless society” in which the vast majority of all consumer payments is conducted via credit or debit cards. A recent study by MasterCard Advisors entitled “Cashless Journey” attributes more than 80% of consumer purchases in the U.S. to credit or debit card transactions. That 80% may seem close to cashless, even discounting online purchases that are cashless by necessity, but not compared to countries such as Belgium (93%) or France (92%).

Indeed, the U.S., at least according to the credit card giant, is on the tipping point. Along with countries such as Germany, South Korea, Singapore and Japan, the U.S. continues to lag behind most European countries. Granted, MasterCard has a very large dog in the battle between cash and cashless, but figures from the U.S. Federal Reserve issued last year correlate closely with MasterCard’s conclusions. The study, titled The 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study Recent and Long-Term Payment Trends in the United States: 2003-2012, shows a steady increase in cashless payments over the previous decade.

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4D Theaters Buck, Jerk, Spray and Hurtle Their Way Into America

Bring a towel and witness what may be the future of film

It bucks, it mists, it hurtles. It smells.

No this is not an amusement park ride and yes, the smells part is accurate. It’s 4D, the latest effort by cinema owners to offer something on the big screen that moviegoers can’t find on their tablets, mobile devices or gaming consoles.

4D enabled theaters have become popular attractions in Latin America, South Korea, China, Mexico and other foreign markets and they’ve begun to crop up stateside in recent years. A 4D enabled theater is scheduled to open at Regal Cinemas’ L.A. Live location this summer and another one is tentatively planned to debut in Oxnard, Calif. at roughly the same time, planting hopes for cinema’s future right near the heart of the movie business.

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Leaked – Dave & Buster’s Tests Oculus VR

Images leaked by a player from the Dave & Buster’s at Spectrum in Irvine, CA.

The experimental ‘Virtual Reality Lab‘ allows players to experience a racing game using the Oculus VR DevKit 1 head-mounted display (HMD).

Watch this space for more information.

Latest DNA Association Newsletter – April 2014

The latest DNA Association newsletter (April) has hit the emails this week – this is the only single source of information regarding the wide diversity of the DOE sector.