Located in Nordborg, South Jutland, Universe Science Park has added a ParadropVR attraction to its existing virtual reality (VR) area.
The four-person installation by UK-based dynamic simulation attractions specialist Simworx and partner Frontgrid provides a “next level” immersive experience. Spectators can also watch all the action on TV screens installed in front of each unit. Meanwhile to encourage repeat business, a scoreboard displays how well guests have fared on the attraction compared to fellow visitors.
ParadropVR combines dynamic physical movement with free roam VR content. The attraction simulates flying a paraglider, with up and down motion that incorporates sudden drops and smooth deceleration to create a realistic feeling of gliding through the skies.
The ride also features an interactive game element controlled by the participant, with points awarded to each individual participant as they make their way ‘back down to earth’ via a series of targets.
Riders move through a vertical distance of 1.8m during the experience, and both the physical and virtual gameplay is 100% controlled by the user. Multiple theming and content options are available and the modular design allows for potentially high hourly capacity.
“We are very happy and proud to have the world’s first ParadropVR,” says Universe Science Park’s chief operating officer, Jonas Luttermann. “My favourite guest feedback is from a family who told us what a fantastic experience ParadropVR is and how they challenged the levels and got more and more points in the game on each and every visit. These amazing experiences triggered an urge to try it [paragliding] in reality in Austria, despite a fear of heights.”
The ParadropVR concept was conceived by Frontgrid co-founder Matt Wells, also based in the UK. Simworx manufactured the attraction as its faculties in the West Midlands. Both companies will be exhibiting at EAS in Amsterdam from September 25 to 27.