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Wednesday 14 July 2021

Twist on the Twister: Experience A World First When Ride VR Fairground Experience Comes To Brighton Palace Pier

From Saturday 24th July Brighton Palace Pier will play host to the spot where real life and VR collide to create a unique fairground ride experience.

Combining the past with the future Thrill Engineer Brendan Walker, Founder Director of Studio Go Go, has chosen Brighton's ever-popular traditional fairground ride the Twister, to launch his new business initiative Ride with VR

Riders choosing to experience the ride with the addition of the bespoke VR headset will experience the VR Twister a meticulously crafted digital fairground artwork set to provide a totally different ride from the classic Twister, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

In this "twist on the Twister" mind-expanding development, VR riders are transported into a world where the oscillating forces they experience on the mechanical ride are translated into an upward ascent into the heavens. 

Whilst the classic Twister does not levitate, VR riders will find themselves zooming upwards through a rainbow, flying up and out past an array of colourful abstract forms and moving structures.

"I've always enjoyed watching people scream and laugh at the fairground, which is why I now love to design weird and wonderful rides. 

"It still provides the same classic fun of being squished and catapulted around, but when wearing a VR headset you'll be in my world - and I"m going to take you on a crazy ride you won"t forget". Brendan Walker.

And this is far more than simply wearing a headset on a fairground ride; visitors to the event will experience a world first, as the groundbreaking technology in this project means that for the first time on a ride anywhere in the world, interactive VR content is synchronised in real time to the movement of the rider"s body in space, using Go Go XR™ - a unique new technology that can predict exactly where a rider is on the ride and what G-forces are being experienced - creating the most tailored VR funfair ride in the world. 
As a former aeronautical engineer and ride designer, Brendan understands how to use visual illusion (or virtual reality) to trick the brain into thinking the body is performing amazing feats of acrobatics, and visitors to the ride will genuinely be able to say they've experienced something that has never previously been experienced.

Each VR ride costs £5 with an existing Brighton Pier visitor wristband, or £7 without.

by: Mike Cobley


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