Ride down a volcano on the world’s first virtual reality waterslide

2nd May 2017
Written by: Dave Owen

 

Virtual reality has long been promising to make a splash in the travel market, and now the world’s first virtual reality waterslide is coming to prove how exciting the tech can be.

The attraction, a traditional waterslide on which riders wear a VR headset, is scheduled to open at Bavaria’s Galaxy Water Park later this year, and is currently being tested. It’ll create the illusion that you’re rushing down a lava flow while dodging flying debris from a volcanic eruption.

Woman wearing VR headset

“Essentially, it’s a waterslide, but when you ride, you’re wearing virtual reality goggles, which totally intensifies many elements of the experience,” said Malcolm Burt from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, who is working on the project.

“Using research into VR immersion, and how to trick the brain into believing it is in danger, every twist, turn, and launch is magnified, and it definitely makes for more of an adrenaline kick.”

Burt’s research is said to be interesting other amusement parks around the world, so you can probably expect to see a lot more VR rides in the coming years.

We just hope the VR headsets are water/vomit-proof. 

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