Korea’s Biggest VR/AR Event Reveals Focus on VR Theme Parks
Showcased technology from location-based VR centres and speakers from SEGA and Niantic are expected.
Seoul VR AR Expo advertises itself as the biggest exhibition and conference dedicated to virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media in the country. The event plans to display some of the latest VR and augmented reality (AR) technologies and will feature a spotlight on VR theme parks.
The event is due to take place at COEX Seoul from 19th-22nd April, 2018 and is set to feature exhibitions, discussions and presentations from companies and personalities from all different parts of the immersive technology industry.
In this context, VR Theme parks is being used as a catch-all term that incorporates not only VR-enabled thrill-rides, such as the Tower of Terror at Six Flags, or Galactica at Alton Towers, but also location-based VR arcades.
A variety of ‘worlds first’ and ‘Korea’s first’ technology will be showcased in a special area marked as ‘New work and new product presentations’. This is expected to allow start-ups to gain momentum for their business.
With VR location-based technology having a particular spotlight, companies such as SKonec Entertainment will be showing off some of its walking attractions, VR entertainment and VR fusion experiences, while another company, VRotein will showcase content such as VRoadcast – a content supply platform and VR Universe – a VR experience module.
Appearing as speakers at the event will be representatives from CA SEGA Joypolis, who will be discussing the experience of running a VR centre Tokyo. Speaking on behalf of SEGA will be Akitoshi Ogawa, Executive Producer and Chief Creative Adviser, and Kazuhiko Hayami, a corporate officer who will present the current SEGA VR strategy.
Also present will be Masashi Kawashima Director of Asia Pacific for Niantic Labs, who will be presenting on its work with AR, including Ingress, Pokemon Go and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.