Japan Gets A 3D Roller Coaster. We Want One Too!

Posted: Aug 4 2010, 8:15am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:49am CDT, in News | Technology News

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The world will not be complete until every single part of the entertainment industry uses the term "3D," and the latest step in that process is a brand new roller coaster experience that immerses riders like never before.
Available at Universal Studios Japan, Space Fantasy is a new kind of ride that seems pretty basic from a still snapshot - it's just a track in an 85-foot tunnel.

That's when you have to look deeper. Inside that tunnel, called the "Harmony Wall," there are 22 3D cameras and 13 projection systems, along with no fewer than 16 quad-core computers.

The cameras track movement from every one of the up to 66 riders, which in aggregate affect the way the ride operates. It's kind of like a massive group version of Microsoft's upcoming Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360.

Additionally, the projection screens will display different content based on the movements of the riders.

It's kind of difficult to explain, so let this YouTube video do the rest of the talking:

Via Mashable

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.




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