Written by IEEE | May 10, 2016 | Updated: March 30, 2017
Theme parks are always adding in new rides and attractions, and now they’re turning to technology to add a bigger thrill factor with virtual reality.
Traditional roller coasters have been around for ages, with major improvements over time with the integration of technology. They have evolved from wooden, rickety coasters by the ocean, to experiences where riders are upside down on steel, stand-up, flip-flopping coasters. Adding virtual reality into the mix allows thrill-seekers to experience a feeling they can’t get anywhere else. The way it works is simple — riders will wear a VR headset while situated in a harness — the ride experience begins with visual components right in front of your eyes. The VR experience will operate in sync with the roller coaster’s movements.
For roller coaster creators, implementing virtual reality allows them to use the same ride to offer a series of different experiences, using the coaster’s physical experience as a template. The only downside for theme park goers who enjoy seeing the sights of the park while being launched in the air is that there won’t be a view while strapped in the headset. While virtual reality will enhance the roller coaster ride experience, nothing can replace the adventure and thrill of watching the real world flip upside down.