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Real thrills on a virtual rollercoaster

4 July, 2019

Geelong Regional Network members rode a rollercoaster in June, getting to grips for the first time with immersive Oculus Rift virtual-reality technology.

We met beforehand at the beautiful Geelong Library café for a lovely lunch indoors. It was great to catch up with everyone and share recent travels.

One member had travelled in Europe by cruise-ship and car, his first big expedition since he was injured. Despite a few hiccups with accessibility, he found that it was an amazing experience.

After lunch, we tried out the library’s new Oculus Rift virtual reality equipment. Each of us wore a special headset that let us see and experience a completely immersive virtual world.

This was the first time any of us had tried virtual reality, and so librarian Christian set up each of us with the rollercoaster ride. Some comments:

“I was holding onto my wheelchair, hoping not to fall off (the rollercoaster).”

“That was a spectacular, wonderful experience!”

After being thrown in the moderately deep end for our first experience, each group member chose a more relaxing second experience.

We explored a forest, a museum, and witnessed two robotic arms engaging in a magic battle with wands.

The headset was connected to the computer by a long cable, and this allowed participants to wheel around and see the virtual world from another angle. For example, we could look up and see a dinosaur walking amongst the tall trees of a forest.

We highly encourage everyone to try it at the library’s next virtual reality session: https://www.grlc.vic.gov.au/whats-on/virtual-reality

We also learned that Geelong Library offers sessions on 3D printing. Already, the library has printed 3D replicas of a manager’s face, the Sydney Opera House, and a building block toy.

We hope to try out this technology in the near future.

Details of our next event

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

11:30 AM

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

25 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong VIC 3220

Available on surrounding streets

Solve Disability Solutions, a not-for-profit organisation that builds new or customise existing assistive technology equipment

Spire at 9489 0777 (toll free 1800 999 128) or [email protected]

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