Ja­panese en­gi­neers de­velop head­set-less VR sys­tem

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

A vir­tual re­al­ity "space ride" in which view­ers feel as if they are fly­ing through the air inside a gi­ant glass ball has been de­vel­oped in Ja­pan. Un­like con­ven­tional VR sys­tems, the "8K:VR Ride"-which re­sem­bles a cross be­tween a theme park ride and a minia­ture IMAX theatre-does not re­quire users to wear any head­gear.

In­stead they are placed on two swiv­el­ling, el­e­vated chairs just in front of a semi-spher­i­cal screen which en­tirely en­gulfs their field of vi­sion. "Un­like the con­ven­tional flat screen, you can see im­ages com­ing closer to you phys­i­cally in this dome screen," said Makoto Nakahira, an en­gi­neer at Won­der Vi­sion Techno Lab­o­ra­tory.

"This is a sys­tem in which you can ex­pe­ri­ence vi­su­als that you have never seen be­fore."

The ex­per­i­men­tal tech­nol­ogy was un­veiled to Ja­panese me­dia for the first time yes­ter­day be­fore a sched­uled show­ing at Ja­pan's Dig­i­tal Con­tent Expo 2017 in Oc­to­ber. Its name refers to the screen's su­per-high def­i­ni­tion 8K tech­nol­ogy, which is 16 times more de­tailed than most cur­rent HD im­ages. Won­der Vi­sion co-de­vel­oped the sys­tem with Ja­pan-based NHK En­ter­prises and NHK Me­dia Tech­nol­o­gy­both af­fil­i­ated with pub­lic broad­caster NHK-and Re­coChoku Labo. The space ride was first show­cased at SXSW 2017, a ma­jor con­fer­ence on con­ver­gence in the in­ter­ac­tive, film and mu­sic in­dus­tries, in Austin, Texas in March. The sys­tem fea­tures a hemi­spher­i­cal theatre known as Sphere 5.2 -- a screen 5.2 me­tres (17 feet) wide, 3.4 me­tres tall and 2.6 me­tres deep. —

AFP photos

TOKYO: This gen­eral view photo shows a 3.4-me­ter-high and 2.6-me­ter-deep dome-type widescreen where peo­ple can sit (at right) and ex­pe­ri­ence 8K video im­ages pro­jected via a new vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) mo­tion ride sys­tem, dur­ing a press pre­view in Tokyo yes­ter­day. —

TOKYO: A jour­nal­ist looks at 8K video im­ages pro­jected on a 3.4-me­ter-high and 2.6-me­ter-deep dome-type widescreen as they ex­pe­ri­ence a new vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) mo­tion ride sys­tem, dur­ing a press pre­view in Tokyo yes­ter­day.

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