By now, you’ve seen rides on robotic arms at theme parks all across the globe. Epcot’s Sum of All Thrills, Legoland’s RoboCoaster and even Universal’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey all use varying forms of robotic arm technology. Recently, Holovis revealed a virtual reality gaming version of this popular robotic attraction and it has the potential to be truly revolutionary for attractions.
Holovis calls this R3ex – Rideable Realtime Robot Experiences. According to their press release, “it’s the combination of perfectly synchronized motion with Realtime, narrative driven VR content (AR coming soon) creating an intense, thrilling experience. R3ex is perfect for ‘never been seen before,’ large scale, multi-system installations where the full potential of dueling, dancing robots, on and off-board gaming technologies, and future proofed HMD technologies will deliver you a real marquee attraction in this exciting new sector.”
Currently the technology is being showcased at IAAPA Asia Expo 2017 with a ride through downtown Singapore. The experience can be customized to be interactive including being able to read hand gestures. In addition, you could put several of these together in a battle format where the robots could duel each other. What are your thoughts? Do you think this could be a game changer? Or do you see virtual reality as being just a fad?
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