The idea of simulating a roller coaster and transposing it into virtual reality has represented one of the very first steps of virtual reality applications. But take it up a notch and imagine a real roller coaster that makes use of VR in order to create an even more intense experience, and what do you get?
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is bringing virtual reality to no less than nine theme parks this month alone.
But this is not an initiative that Six Flags has undergone by themselves. As a matter of fact, this comes as a result of the partnership they sealed with Samsung Electronics America, who agreed to start integrating the mobile version of the Gear VR device into virtual reality roller coaster rides. Imagine the potential of a real roller coaster ride that sets you in an entirely different scenario, where a starship war is going on or where you’re riding the train through a volcano.
And because we’ve had such a huge increase in the sheer amount and ease of obtaining when it comes to VR headsets, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is just one example of many other companies that begin investing in virtual reality and aiming to find other uses for it than just gaming.
VR is believed to one day serve more than just entertainment purposes, though. Despite the fact that at the current time, gaming has been its go-to ‘attraction’ and maybe also the ease the transition into an age of virtual reality, there are plans for using it in more than just that. Education is one of the areas where specialists are most enthusiastic about when it comes to the application of virtual reality.
According to Sam Rosen, vice president of ABI Research, the VR ecosystem is slowly opening up to permit other fields of making use of this type of technology. He sees a lot of room for development in what 360-degree video is concerned, various engineering applications, advertising, film, construction and so many more.
For the time being, nevertheless, developers are still just flirting with all the entertainment capabilities the VR technology is capable of. Out of the 9 VR roller coasters that are in the plans on behalf of Six Flags, six have already been dubbed with a new title – New Revolution Virtual Reality Coasters – thanks to the theme that has been decided for them: “a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion”.
The first VR application of roller coasters will be available at the Shock Wave roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, on March 10th. However, it will only be a preview.
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