Taiwan VR startups allow users to fly with the birds or explore the ocean floor (2018/10/30)

  • 2018-10-30
  • Winnie Cheng

Virtual reality is rapidly gaining a foothold in gaming, and two Taiwanese start-ups are right there at the leading edge. They're using VR to take users on breathtaking experiences, giving them a chance to fly among birds or walk the ocean floor by simply strapping on a headset.

To be able to soar through the sky like a bird is the dream of many. Brogent Technologies hopes to provide that experience with its i-Ride flight simulation theater experience. Using 3-D multimedia technology that generates sound and images on the fly, i-Ride lets the user move on six axes and simulates the sensation of movement. The system has won numerous international awards, including Germany's Krimes & Park Revue award for best theme park attraction.

Ouyang Chih-hung
Brogent chief executive
We have a customer in Europe who is a manufacturer for theme park equipment. I felt it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Also, it was great luck for us that we took on this customer, as he is very familiar with all types of gaming equipment. Whatever you're working on with him, whatever he asks of you, he will know whether or not it's possible, or whether you're capable of doing it. It will be very clear. So, it was through this process that we came to make our first "flying theater" in Germany.

VR can give users the experience of flying through the sky like a bird, and let them explore the bottom of the sea and take in its beauty.

Located in Taitung City, startup "into Caerulus" films 360-degree footage captured underwater and turns it into a VR experience, letting visitors don a VR headset to explore the seabed without ever stepping foot in the water.

Hsu Tang-wei
into Caerulus chief executive
Actually, we got into VR earlier on, roughly around 2014. At that time there weren't many people doing only this type of filming for VR. Taking it a step further by filming underwater made things even more difficult. The result was that when we had the finished product, many people were pleasantly surprised by what they saw.

This is so deep! It's roughly the underwater equivalent of a 10-story building in height.

Granting access to places previously unreachable to man, AR and VR have a bright path ahead as they deliver useful applications and everyday conveniences.