Universal Patent Application Proposes Use of VR/AR Goggles on Rides and in the Park

Published by , July 3, 2017 1:13 pm

(BlooLoop) Universal Parks & Resorts has filed a patent application for the use of augmented reality googles on amusement rides. The application lodged with the US Patent and Trademarks Office discusses how the goggles could be used not just on a ride, but also in an exterior theme park setting. Here guests would see additional superimposed images in an existing real-world themed area. Related: Rising Media is sponsoring the ‘Future of Immersive Leisure” conference in Las Vegas September 13-14 with a special session on “VR Coasters and Rides”.  Click here for more details on the event.
In applying for the VR/AR patent, Universal acknowledges the physical and creative constraints offered by traditional rides such as rollercoasters. “Outside of providing an increasingly complex system of steep, twisting, and winding rollercoaster tracks, the thrill factor of such rollercoasters and/or other similar thrill rides may be limited to the existing course or physical nature of the thrill ride itself,” says the application. “It is now recognized that it is desirable to include components of interest and thrill factors in such attractions in a flexible and efficient manner relative to traditional techniques.”

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