BELLEVUE, washing – my wife was virgin VR.
Tonia Boyle is not exactly an exciting student. It was not paragliding, jumping rope and riding a cup of tea. But when it comes to taking a virtual reality risk at the newly opened portal in the VR Portal in the city of Bellevue, our hometown, you have agreed to take a leap.
Luckily, in this case, the jump was a few inches down, although it was looking like a 50-story headset through virtual reality.
Tonia was the co-founder of the VR Portal Tim Harader, who opened the first VR gateway in Seattle's Ballard district last year, alternating with his wife, Page Harader. At this month's inaugural reception in Bellevue, Tim Tonia helped connect the HTC Vive headphones and place them in a closed booth where sensors can track their movements.
From the outside, it seemed as if Tonya was standing on the edge of a wooden board about six feet long on the floor. But its display of headphones, displayed on a screen just outside the kiosk just to enjoy our sight, showed a panel of similar size extending into the air from the upper floors of a skyscraper.
Tonia breathed in the sight of everyone.
Tim said to her: "Now, if you are comfortable, slowly go out to the plank."
She replied, "You're kidding me!"
Tonya laughed at modernity – and her own nervousness. She has a weak ankle, so Tim came up with a guiding hand and made sure that Tonya did not stumble when she came up very carefully.
After Tonia had cleared the virtual surroundings for a few seconds, Tim told her to go beside the plank. "Now take a step forward … one two three."
It was just a step, but in the view of the speaker, the floors where Tonya fell fell, ended in a virtual circle.
The high-wire code, known as "Richie's Plank Experience", is the traditional gateway pass in Portal VR. But there are plenty of other experiences that can be introduced into computers that control what players see at the 12 booth in the Bellevue corridors.
Take virtual tours in hot Google Earth areas like the Eiffel Tower or Grand Canyon, walk into a VR Art Museum, or collaborate with friends to play network-related video games like Elven Assassin or Smashbox Arena.
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Barbara Sin, who runs operations at the Ballard Pass at Port VR, said she was using virtual games to stay in touch with her daughters at Loyola University in Chicago.
"I bought them gift cards to go to the virtual reality galleries I discovered in Chicago so we could get together from Ballard to Chicago and play Elven Assassin together," she said. "It's a small way to communicate without being connected to it.
There is also a tablet that provides players with a sense of fast sliding on a fantastic scene.
Tim said that Portal VR customers were "surprisingly diverse".
"We have people between the ages of 8 and 80, and they belong to all backgrounds." The thing that has already attracted me to virtual reality, and the start of a realistic entertainment venue outside the home, is that it is not just for players.
"When you enter the virtual reality headset, you realize it's a new, different and innovative experience, so you're totally overwhelmed." You should not be a fan to enjoy it, "Tim said.
Bellevue was selected in the second portal of Portal VR to meet the needs of technology mobilization. "There are a lot of gaming companies – Microsoft, certainly, Amazon," Tim explained.
The location, at 140 North East Street not far from Bell-Reed, is located approximately halfway between downtown Bellevue and the campus of Redmond University.
Tim said: "One of the things we do a lot at Ballard, we think we will do more in Bellevue, the corporate parties – team building, morale, even sales events."
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VR is not the first arcade to set up a virtual store in the Microsoft neck of the forest: Odyssey VR, on Northeast 85th Street in Redmond, has been in business for years. Like the VR portal, Odyssey offers VR virtual reality tests for individuals and teams. There is also Epic Virtual Reality, which contains VRs set up over the weekend at the Bellevue Factoria Square. In Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, VR fans can be attracted to VR Go.
Tacoma is on Portal Vision's expansion list, "but we have to take it a bit easy and see how Bellevue goes before we do that," Tim said. The task list includes full hallway shows, drinks, snacks, and possibly a VR movie display area.
Based on Tonia's experience, you are likely to enjoy VR virgins with excitement.
"Oh my God," she said, laughing as she came out of the headset. "No wonder people shout when they do."
The Bellview Gallery of Portal VR is located at 2105, 140. NE. The Ballard arcade is located at 2601 NW Market Street. Pricing: Wood panels cost $ 4.99 in a two- to three-minute session. The glider simulator is $ 4.99 for five minutes, $ 9.99 for 10 minutes. The price of the VR sessions is determined based on the display time, starting at $ 12.95 for 15 minutes. For more information and to book an appointment, check the Portal VR website.