As we’re looking into Virtual Reality and creating a simulated world using technology, I’ve looked into other sorts of technology which kinda creates a new life or tricks your mind to create cool effects.
First of all I looked into Nintendo. Now over the years Nintendo has created some super cool gadgets and games consoles like the Cube, Wii and DS. As that all progressed, so did the technology. When the cube was realised, it was like any other console. A controller plugged into a console in which you control a character on the screen to play games. It was a good console which you could play some classic games on.
But as Nintendo progressed, they began creating even more cooler devices and consoles. The Nintendo Wii was a big revolution. It was a smaller console which stood up on its side and used a tiny remote to play games. Instead of moving joy sticks around, it used you. You’d move your own body around to simulate the actual games you were playing and this was a revolution. The fact we could play sports or go karting without leaving the house was incredible. It simulated a real life in which we played real sports and games through technology. Today the Wii still goes strong and is still very popular
A few years ago, Nintendo released a new games console called the DS. It was a small portable handheld device which you could play your favourite games on without plugging it into all those sockets and using all these cables. It was amazing. As the years went by, more and more DS’s were released but in different forms until recently they created the 3DS. This is effectively the same as a normal DS except there is a small slider at the bottom which turns your screen from a normal game experience to a 3D one. Sound weird but it’s tricking your mind into thinking the game is 3D. It’s an amazing piece of technology which enhances gameplay, however it has been known to cause many headaches. I myself have used the 3DS before and after a short period of time, I began to get a headache and had to switch off the device. So Nintendo have made some fantastic devices which do simulate life but not in the way VR does
Second piece of technology I would like to use is a virtual reality experience recently released by Lenovo. It’s called Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. Now it seems a little pointless to bring up another virtual reality technological set when we’re already talking about it but it’s slightly different. Normal virtual reality allows you to look at many different things from the mundane like a walk into a shopping centre to the exciting like a rollercoaster. This new Lenovo set is different. In this you are able to create your own life in a universe of Star Wars. Now many people have dreamed of this because it’s a popular franchise and has become a worldwide phenomenon. But this virtual reality kit really brings it to life.
In this set you get a VR headset, a lightsaber hilt and a tracking beacon. With these, you are able to lead your own life in the Star Wars world including lightsaber battles, holochess, flying, dogfights and many more. Instead of it using something we’ve all experienced, it’s created something we dream of experiencing and bringing it to life using these little devices. It’s a new step into virtual reality and has really brought us closer to experiencing the life of our favourite franchises. Who knows what they’ll do next
Last one is 4D experiences. It’s not portable technology. It’s not gaming. It is a simulated experience though. These days there are more and more 4D experiences being made. I’ve experienced a couple myself which are the 4D experience at Cadbury world and the 4D experience of Lilo and Stitch at Disneyland Paris. Both were completely different but used the same sort of techniques to create a simulated experience for you to enjoy.
The Cadbury World one was like a cinema theatre. There was a screen and large rows of seats. You sat down and began watching a movie on the screen which showed you how their chocolate is made. However, during the film your chair is brought to life to really show you what it’s like. For example, when they are explaining the process of grinding chocolate beans up, your seat shakes and wiggled as if you’re moving along a conveyor belt. Or when the melting of the chocolate is shown, they spray the smell of melted Dairy Milk from your chair to give you the feeling you are actually there watching it melt. It’s still a simulated experience because it’s giving you the feeling of being there in that film
The Disneyland Lilo and Stitch one is different though. When you go into what seems to be a big theatre screening, you notice glass tubing behind a sort of fence. Within seconds creatures appear in these glass tubes. What’s really clever is it’s done using projection mapping where they map out the character they’re putting into this jar type container and organise it accordingly. Whilst watching this all unfold, you have smells and movement to feel like they’re real and that you’re actually with them. For example, when Stitch is in this glass container, he begins jumping up and down inside it to show he’s frustrated. At that moment, the floor begins moving around the simulate his frustration and how it would feel if he really was there. Or when he starts to mock the creature who captured him, he burps and the smell of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches fills the room
So even though it’s not considering like a big piece of technology, it does show how that it’s still part of a simulated world in which we can experience without the need for headsets or electronic devices
In the end, our technology has become very advanced and does show that we’ve come a long way in a creating a different life for ourselves to experience whether it’s through games, phone applications or cinema theatre experiences.