The Holodeck from Star Trek is let's face it the ultimate Virtual Reality Experience. None of us may experience this kind of future tech in our lifetimes. However, the makers of The Void plan to bring the Holodeck experience to us today!
How do they plan to do this? By blending real-world environments with the virtual to create "The Void."
The Utah-based startup The Void is building physical stages and rooms for gamers strapped into VR headsets to roam around and interact. They want us to visit its Gaming Pods like we used to visit arcades and D&B today so that we can live the games, reach out and touch in-game controls, wield weapons and duck round corners. And it looks insane, and I mean INSANE!
Physical buildings consisting of layouts such as corridors will have a VR Environment blended with the real world hallway. Imagine living the Aliens Movie? You can run down corridors, shoot aliens, open doors. This is the Holodeck with today's technology, and thankfully I am still young enough to run down a hallway and not die of a heart attack when an Alien impales me.
The Void starts with Rapture HMD (Head Mounted Display) and is designed to provide guests of THE VOID with the most believable virtual reality experience possible. Current published specifications of their HMD include:
- Dual High-Density Curved OLED Displays (1080p per-eye beginning resolution)
- Quantum Dots (nearly doubling perceived resolution & color range)
- Custom Optics (proprietary lens-in-lens design)
- High-Quality THX Headphones (featuring in-game binaural sound design)
- Super-Gain Inline Microphones (for in-game communications)
- Proprietary Global & Head Tracking Sensors (running at 120HZ providing sub-millimeter accuracy).
The companion Rapture Vest will allow you to feel the experience from multiple points within the vest using four types of haptic feedback. Every bullet, laser, and creature interaction can have its specific hit location and feel. The Rapture Vest doesn't simply vibrate, it gives every VR object that comes in contact with it a life of its own.
With the Rapture Gloves, you will be able to reach out and physically discover the virtual worlds around you. Seeing your hands while interacting with virtual and physical objects in our dimensions allows for an unprecedented level of immersion. See a sword on a wall, pick it up and use it in the Virtual World. See an elevator button, reach out and push it. With the ability to manipulate physical real world objects, cast spells, use superhuman powers and so much more, the world is literally at your fingertips.
Enjoy the video of The Void below, and I'm off to book my trip to Utah, and I may never return.