Last summer Two Bit Circus launched what it called a micro-amusement park, filled with virtual reality (VR) content. Today, the company has announced it’ll be holding a Beta Night next month, where a new VR-wellness experience will make its debut, EmbodyMove.
An official selection of the New Frontier Sundance Festival 2019, EmbodyMove was created in partnership with MAP Design Lab and lululemon Whitespace. Designed to be a mindful take on traditional inspiring practices, the VR experience takes two players on a shared journey, inspired by the practices of aikido, yoga, and dance movement.
“EmbodyMove utilizes spatial computing to immerse players in an experience centred on movement, wellness, and connectivity to others,” said Melissa Painter, founder of MAP Design Lab. “We’re excited to share Embody with Two Bit Circus’ park goers, and allow the players to connect with one another in new ways through the use of VR technology.”
EmbodyMove is driven entirely by the users’ interactions taking each pair of participants on a journey through nature while they trade and transform avatars. Players can use their bodies as flexible tools, with pressure-sensing yoga mats tracking users’ weight distributions, while a camera monitors pose position, so the more accurate the pose the more the virtual environment changes.
“Following their immersion in EmbodyMove, people feel more connected to their own bodies and the ways they interact with each other in a virtual space,” said Aaron Pulkka, Head of Attractions and Production at Two Bit Circus. “VR is not just about immersing people in battlezones. At Two Bit Circus, we believe that technology can enhance our ability to connect and play together, elbow-to-elbow. EmbodyMove is a great example of how VR/AR/XR can be used in different ways.”
Two Bit Circus’ Beta Night will take place on Tuesday, 9th April, in Los Angeles. EmbodyMove will be free to beta test alongside several other beta titles. Once Beta Night has taken place, EmbodyMove will take over one of the four private cabanas at Two Bit Circus and remain available for at least one month. For more details on Beta Night head to the official website, and for more Two Bit Circus updates, keep reading VRFocus.