Simworx partners with Frontgrid for ParadropVR launch
A new name to the attractions industry, Frontgrid, has partnered with dynamic simulation attractions specialist Simworx to introduce a VR attraction which will be officially launched at EAS 2017 in Berlin.
ParadropVR is an IP protected, immersive, virtual reality (VR) attraction featuring integrated gamification which allows the user to fully control the game play and movement. Developed by the UK based Frontgrid team led by co-founders David Wood and Matt Wells, chairman and chief executive respectively, ParadropVR simulates flying a paraglider, with up and down motion that incorporates sudden drops and smooth deceleration to create a feeling of gliding through the skies.
The ride also features an interactive game element controlled by the participant, with points awarded to each individual rider as they make their way back down to earth via a series of targets through which they must fly to score maximum points.
With multiple theming and content options on offer and a modular concept designed to provide high hourly capacity and low operating costs, ParadropVR can be installed in a wide range of venues, including theme parks, FECs, shopping malls, destination attractions, cinemas, bowling locations, cruise ships and more as well as the events and mobile sector.
CEO Matt Wells commented: “Our mission is to create world first, iconic adventure experiences with strong brands and protectable IP, underpinned by disruptive, high growth, high return business models. We are delighted to have partnered with Simworx, a world leader in its field, to create and bring to market the first of our experiences. And of course we are excited to be launching ParadropVR at this year’s EAS. It’s a totally new concept and I’m sure it will create much interest among operators when revealed at the show.”
Standard configurations of the attraction will be four to 12 rider units, in line or double, and sixto 20 rider units in a circular layout.
- Each unit measures 2.5 x 2.5 x 4.5m.
- Minimum rider height – 1.2m
- Maximum rider weight – 25st (160kg).
- Ride/game time – approximately 2 minutes
- Total hourly ride capacity (THRC) for the four to 12 rider in line or double units – 80 to 240; THRC for the six to 20 rider circular units – 120 to 400