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Virtual Reality

Public Days

On our public open days we have VR headsets playing 360° videos that simulate being in space. These videos are quite comfortable and suitable for people who've never tried VR before. You don't have to do anything except relax, look around and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

VR goggles

Please note: Previously we offered hand-held "touch controllers" with the VR on public days for an extra fee. Unfortunately we've found that it's not practical to manage such a complex VR activity on these days. Therefore we're phasing this out and offering separate sessions for the touch controllers (see below).

Evening Sessions

Occasionally we offer evening sessions with advanced VR features such as touch controllers (virtual hands). Our staff can show you how to use the controllers and get started. Our current show is Mission: ISS, in which you're an astronaut finding your way around the International Space Station, pulling yourself around in micro-gravity just like the astronauts do. This is a surprisingly realistic experience of floating and working in space. Please let us know if you'd like more information about this option.

 

Our VR Equipment

Our premium VR headset is an Oculus Rift with hand controls. Its computer includes an i7-6700K processor, SSD and Nvidia GTX1080 graphics card.

This PC was built by the gurus at Computer Aid who spent a lot of time researching and testing the system. We use Computer Aid for all our IT requirements, from gaming computers to network and server issues, and we recommend them highly for all your computing needs.

www.computeraid.co.nz

We also use Samsung Gear headsets powered by the Galaxy S7. While not as impressive or as capable as the Oculus Rift, it is a safe and easy way to see what all the fuss is about.

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