Japanese Companies Debut Headset-Less 8K: VR Ride Experience
Date: July 21, 2017
Source: AndroidHeadlines – By Gursimran Kanwal
Japanese companies Wonder Vision, NHK Enterprises, NHK Media Technology, and RecoChoku Labo have worked together to create a new kind of a virtual reality experience called 8K: VR Ride. As you can see in the video below, the firms created what is essentially a large ride that virtually flies you through the streets of Tokyo by placing you in a big theme park ride without using any traditional headgear that is common among other VR headsets that are available to consumers.
As the name clearly suggests, it puts you in front of a large 8K screen that is semi-spherical. This is so that it completely covers your field of view to provide total immersion, just like a conventional VR headset. To put things into perspective, it’s 5.2 meters or 17 feet wide, 3.4 meters (11 feet) tall, and 2.6 (8.5 feet) meters deep. As you fly around Tokyo, the seat actually picks you up and moves around to make the experience a lot more immersive and realistic. Makoto Nakahira, one of the engineers responsible for the creation, said that the system allows you to experience images coming closer to you, which flat-screen solutions aren’t able to achieve.