How it all began
In February 2014, I approached the german roller coaster manufacturer Mack Rides with the idea of extending a real roller coaster by wearing an Oculus Rift headset during the ride. I was wondering if it would be possible to replace the real environment by a synchronized virtual ride.
And, as I'm working as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern in the department of Virtual Design, I thought this could make for a great topic for this year's virtual reality project.
At Mack Rides, they also saw the potential and entered this ground-breaking cooperation project with me and my students, providing us two roller coasters for research and testing (Blue Fire and Pegasus in Europa-Park).
Then, on April 7th, we performed our first Oculus Rift VR-rides on a real roller coaster, synchronized to the real track. And it was just unbelievable!
Over the following weeks and months, we have been performing more than a hundred test rides and have been making some amazing discoveries.
While working out technical solutions and patent matters, we weren't able to go public any earlier.
But now we're happy that it's finally time to disclose our adventure to the rest of the world!
On this site, we'd like to share our experiences and show the amazing creations that are currently being developed.
Stay tuned as we'll be frequently posting videos, coverage and news about this exciting project!