The world’s first ParadropVR, a new immersive paragliding attraction combining physical movement and free roam virtual reality, has opened at Denmark’s Universe Science Park.
Developed by UK-based Frontgrid and produced by dynamic simulation attractions specialist, Simworx, ParadropVR promises a unique and realistic flying experience.
Universe Science Park has added a four-man version to the venue’s popular virtual reality exhibit area to enhance its immersive offering.
Billed as an immersive attraction like no other, ParadropVR 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.
What’s more, the attraction gives the user 100% control over both the physical and virtual gameplay, allowing them to curate their own experience.
The interactive game element awards points to each individual rider as they glide ‘back down to earth’ via a series of targets through which they must fly to score maximum points. Riders physically move through a vertical distance of 1.8m during the experience.
Venues can choose from multiple theming and content options and the modular design makes for high capacity, ensuring as many visitors as possible get to try the ParadropVR experience.
According to Universe Science Park’s COO, Jonas Luttermann, the new attraction is already a hit, even inspiring one ‘height averse’ family to try out paragliding for real:
“They have told us what a fantastic experience our ParadropVR is and how they challenged the levels and got more and more points in the game on each and every visit,” says Lutterman. “These amazing experiences triggered an urge to try it in reality, despite a fear of heights. They sent us a ‘thank you’ for paving the way for these experiences.
“We were founded to inspire children and young people in the areas of science and technology,” he added. “ParadropVR is a great attraction that can thrill all ages with its technology. It complements our other attractions really well.”
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