Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Motion-Based VR Attraction Comes to Smithsonian NASM

From our friends at the Pulseworks...

The Pulseworks VR Transporter Opens to Visitors of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on Wednesday, April 26th

Opening April 26, the ticketed attraction will feature an eye-popping, first-person adventure titled "Spacewalk: Danger in Orbit," letting patrons assume the role of an astronaut testing a new manned-maneuvering unit as they explore the elaborate exterior of the International Space Station high above Earth.

The VR Transporter takes VR to a new level. While VR technology mimics the immersive visuals of the real world, Pulseworks motion and effects technology reconfirms what wearers are seeing by providing input to their other senses. Dynamic motion provides important cues to the brain that they are really traveling, and stunning surround-sound audio and gripping 4-D effects heighten feelings of realism.

The VR Transporter accommodates up to four people per ride cycle. The motion platform elevates, pitches and rolls in computer-controlled increments designed to mimic the path of the would-be astronauts as they float in space on their extravehicular journey from the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.

The effect of the VR Transporter is so powerful that many guests will try to reach out and touch objects as they pass by. It is this intuitive reaction that makes the platform such an obvious tool for learning and adventure at the National Air and Space Museum, where many come to ponder dreams of flight, space and adventure.

Tickets for the VR Transporter ride may be purchased at the museum's simulator gallery located on the first floor, adjacent to the "America by Air" exhibition. Tickets are also available at the IMAX Theater and Planetarium box offices.

About Pulseworks:
Pulseworks is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia where it manufactures and develops a myriad of motion simulator products and immersive content for its owned and operated attractions across North America. Founded in 1998, Pulseworks has partnered with Smithsonian Enterprises to provide motion-based simulation experiences for patrons for more than sixteen years.