The British Safety Council is introducing immersive technologies into its training courses, explains James Mansbridge.
My first experience with virtual reality was in 1994 at the London Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus. Its Funland was one of the best arcades in Europe, full of the latest state-of-the-art gaming machines and a mecca for the nation’s teenagers.
Funland’s virtual reality games were made by a company called Virtuality. Its huge brightly coloured headsets and futuristic seating pods all added to the experience. At the time, virtual reality (VR) was set to become the next big thing in the arcade games industry. That didn’t happen, however, as the technology wasn’t quite there and the arcade game had already had its heyday – think Space Invaders and Pac-Man over a decade earlier.
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