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Samsung and Six Flags team up for virtual reality roller coaster

The amusement park is hoping to appeal to thrill seekers in a whole new way using VR tech.

The Six Flags amusement park is taking several of its roller coasters in a unique and thrilling new direction by implementing virtual reality technology to certain rides as a result of a partnership it has made with Samsung.

These high tech VR based rides will be available during the 2016 season at the amusement park.

When park visitors make their way onto virtual reality equipped rides, which include some of the most popular roller coasters, they will be provided with Samsung Gear VR headsets. This is meant to allow them to experience all the “heart-pumping adrenaline” from the turns, twists and sharp drops, which will function in conjunction with the sensors, accelerometers and gyros of the ride. While the riders will still be seated on their favorite roller coasters, as they always have, the headsets will offer an additional thrill to the experience that wouldn’t otherwise be available.

Samsung and Six Flags plan to be able to have the virtual reality experiences available as early as this month.

Virtual Reality - Roller Coaster at Six FlagsIn fact, this week will provide visitors to the Arlington, Texas location who hold season passes with an opportunity to experience a preview of the VR roller coaster experience on “Shock Wave”.

There will be a total of nine different rides that will have a virtual reality upgrade, this year. Among them, three will be using “Superman virtual reality”. All the rides with the headsets will have an age restriction so that users will be 13 years and older. The experience that will be provided to those who are older than that age will be a “futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion.” That said, the Superman focused roller coasters will be providing riders with a trip around Metropolis that is designed to be a “360-degree comic-book world” experience.

According to the president and CEO of Six Flags, John Duffey, in a statement about the virtual reality, “This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for – delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides.”

Virtual reality may play an important role in medicine

New technology is already allowing doctors to see – and even feel – the body through a whole new experience.

The medical imaging industry is now undergoing an entirely new level of potential as virtual reality expands well beyond games and takes its first steps into hospitals as well as medical schools.

This VR technology based experience allows doctors to gain a whole new concept of a patient’s body.

The purpose is to allow doctors to use virtual reality in combination with other more traditional medical tech, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasounds, so they can see those images in a three dimensional view, but also interact with those images as though they were really there. By using these viewer devices, in addition to other hardware such as styluses, the doctor will be able to see the image, move it with his or her hand, and even feel resistance through the hardware, as though they were touching the actual organ or other body part that has been scanned.

This virtual reality experience would allow a doctor to look right inside a patient’s brain without cutting into it.

Virtual Reality Technology - MedicineThe majority of today’s medical imaging equipment is already capable of producing high quality 3D images. However, surgeons must view those images in a 2D experience as the only place they can display it is on a traditional screen. Even with multiple images, viewed as a series of snapshots of a body part, they are required to create a mental image of the reconstructed body part in their heads.

The investment into 3D imaging has been put off, until now, because many doctors don’t feel that viewing a three dimensional image would provide enough benefit to be worth the expense. Hospitals would be required to demonstrate the ability of the tech to improve the care received by the patient, and then be reimbursed for that tech investment.

That said, with the latest virtual reality technologies, that situation could easily change. This tech can draw data and imagery from several sources in order to create a complete 3D view, with the potential to considerably improve the outcomes of patients.