The Imaginarium (2017)
At the start of 2017 I opened a VR Arcade using the Vive systems. We rented a shop at 27 Boxes in Melville and called it The Imaginarium. We ran the arcade for 9 months, from January to September 2017. It didn’t make money but we had a lot of fun and learned how people see and experience VR and what makes the experience fun. We also got to know the Vive systems really well.
The FrankenVive (2016)
On August 5th 2016 the HTC Vive tracked virtual reality system was released to the consumer. These systems are on another level entirely, they operate in a room scale space and you can move around and interact with the virtual world within that space.
As the Vive was both expensive and unobtainable at the time we hacked together a FrankenVive using a Cardboard headset as the display with content for the HTC Vive being streamed to it from a PC. This Heath Robinson contraption used a leap motion controller to detect the users hands and emulate the Vive controllers. It worked, after a fashion, but it was way short of the real thing. Still, the Frankenvive was a LOT of fun :-D
360° video wall (2016)
The 360° video wall uses custom built Android apps to split and simultaneously play a 360° VR video on 7 TVs in a circle around the viewer. Although this system worked well, we found that people were not very impressed with what it was doing so we shut the project down.
Android 360° VR video player with remote control (2015 to 2018)
This 360° VR video player is designed for use at events. It consists of two custom built Android apps, one is the VR video player and the other is the remote control that simultaneously controls multiple video players. The player works with both monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° video. The videos are preloaded on the phones to be used, so there are no streaming delays or loss of quality. We used this system at a few events but it did not generate enough business to justify the work needed to keep it going, so we shut the project down at the end of 2018.
Custom VR system builds (2016 to present)
We have supplied various custom built VR systems over the years, both single user and multi user installations. These include systems at Sun City, University of Johannesburg, Baxter Pharmaceuticals and others. If you are interested in putting together a custom VR lab, studio or other installation please contact me, Richard, at 083 733 5133 to discuss the project.