Virtual Reality Exhibition in Vancouver Attracts a Huge Number of Attendees
You’re handed a gun, then suddenly, armed bandits pop out from different directions, seemingly prepared to attack you.
The scene feels so real, you can’t help but try to protect yourself. You duck, hide behind a barrel, come up with an escape plan just to save your life. Sometimes, even the fake smell of gunpowder gets to you.
The first of its kind, Barking Irons is a virtual reality game created by VRstudios that has a multiplayer feature and known as the first wireless head-mounted display.
VRstudios Debuts New Game at Virtual Reality Exhibition in Vancouver
The VR game, which was first introduced at B.C.’s first International Consumer Virtual Reality Exhibition in Vancouver.
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A lot of gamers have been waiting for Barking Irons, evident in the number of people attending the virtual reality exhibition in Vancouver and queuing at the venue just to try it. The VR game gives players a more immersive experience by letting them move freely around the room. Even though it was not at par with the level of reality Star Trek holodeck offers, the authenticity of the experience amazed many users.
“It was unbelievable. It was truly immersive. I mean to look at the old wild-west and shoot bad guys was really cool,” said Jeff Leece of Surrey, one of more than two thousand gamers and tech enthusiasts who bought tickets for the expo. “It was like being in the wild west. You could look up and see the sky, and you could look at buildings, and it was great because all the bad guys were coming out of this, that, and everywhere. So you had to duck and dive.”
The game has a range of about six meters by six meters and is designed for out-of-home use a perfect fit for arcades, theme parks, and family entertainment centers.
Ivan Blaustein, the director of product integration at VRstudios, said, “The big element of our system is the full motion, being physically able to move around. Your actions are tracked one to one, your head and your gun is perfect in 3D space. You have to move. Your athleticism plays a major role in how well you do.”
Blaustein also mentioned that in the next few years, outdoor virtual reality games and experiences will get better and faster.
“We’re hoping to create a game for 12 users in 15,000 square feet. That’s where we are going and it’s only going to get better,” he added.
After the shooting game was over, guests headed over to a booth where another company, Cubicle Ninjas, was offering a completely different experience: guided meditation in a zen-like meadow with billowing grass, blue sky, and little fluffy clouds.
A gentle and soothing voice belonging to a man tells the users to place their hands on their lap and find their center before continuing with a ten-minute guided meditation. The program also monitors the user’s heart rate before and after the session.
CEO of Cubicle Ninjas, Josh Farkas, said, “People often give up with mediation because they either find it boring, or they don’t think its working. Our goal is to make it interesting and engaging by using virtual reality. The company’s app is expected to be released this month for Samsung’s Gear VR, and later this fall for the Oculus Rift.”
Earlier in the week, Oculus which provides the software Samsung’s Gear VR headset uses, announced that more than a million people used the Samsung VR headset in April.
Very soon, in the future, guided meditation in virtual reality could have a lot of uses, not only for beginners but also medical applications. Farkas added, “If someone is in pain or dealing with anxiety before surgery, just being on a beach for five minutes can really be a game changer.”
Executive producer of the expo also said virtual reality in the nearest future will not only be for entertainment purposes but also for business. The technology, they hope, will make real estate walk-throughs possible, so buyers who are overseas can take a closer look at the property properly before making a decision. Travel location samples can be possible too. Educators can also use the technology to take students to space without leaving the classroom.
These are just few of the possible applications of virtual reality that can change the way we do things and make everything easier and experiences more immersve.
The virtual reality exhibition in Vancouver has been proven to have succeeded at getting more people interested and excited about virtual reality. Plans on making the event an annual thing in Vancouver are now under discussion.