Visual Reality Headsets Are Coming to Amusement Parks
Tel Aviv-based startup Astral Vision offers park owners the chance to upgrade their rides with controllable simulated content
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Established in 2015, the company develops specially tailored headsets for moving rides that synchronize body positions and momentum with the projected content.
In March, Astral Vision signed a distribution agreement with Antonio Zamperla S.p.A., an Italian company building family rides, thrill rides, and roller coasters worldwide. The first amusement park to feature the devices is Coney Island-based Luna Park, which debuted the technology in its WindstarZ ride, opened the same month. The ride enables users to simulate hang gliding and control their own experience and virtual surroundings.“Virtual reality technology is changing the amusement park industry,“ Astral Vision’s CEO Guy Finfter said in an interview with Calcalist earlier this week, adding that the company held dozens of pilot rides in U.S. and Israeli amusement parks.
“The combination of the physical forces that affect the users during the ride, the simulated 360 degrees surroundings and the precise synchronization with the ride’s movements creates a strong sensory experience,” he said.