In February 2014, I approached the german roller coaster manufacturer Mack Rides with the idea of extending a real roller coaster by wearing an Oculus Rift headset during the ride. I was wondering if it would be possible to replace the real environment by a synchronized virtual ride. And, as I'm working as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern in the department of Virtual Design, I thought this could make for a great topic for this year's virtual reality project. At Mack Rides, they also saw the potential and entered this ground-breaking cooperation project with me and my students, providing us two roller coasters for research and testing (Blue Fire and Pegasus in Europa-Park). Then, on April 7th, we actually became VR coaster pioneers – being the very first people to experience an Oculus Rift VR-ride on a real roller coaster, synchronized to the real track. On that day, we all felt that we were laying the foundation of something very big.
http://www.vrcoaster.comDue to popular demand, we're showing some onride footage of the first VR Coaster demos for the "Blue Fire" roller coaster.To create these early demonstration rides, assets from Blood Roofs and the upcoming 3D sequel to Spooky Hoofs have been used.