When you think of Langkawi, you probably immediately start thinking about the natural attractions. It’s a beautiful archipelago after all. However, soon you might start associating the name with something higher tech. Just today, an augmented reality park has been opened on the island. Fun for all the family, and a look into the future of attractions around the world no doubt.
So what is this new Augmented Reality attraction? Well, it’s called the Imaginarium Langkawi. You can travel to five different time periods: The Jurrasic, the 1980s, the 2020s, year 3300 and a mysterious “Lost in Time: Year X” section. Given the wide breadth of Human history, this seems to be a very eclectic mix of time periods. However, there are other attractions. Children can have their drawings scanned and animated in front of their eyes in 2D or 3D. There is also the VR Skyride, which is supposed to give you a tour of the island that even helicopters can’t reach.
Speaking to Computerworld Malaysia, park director Sean Tan was eager to show explain why the park would be a great family attraction. “We are very excited to be the first to bring this augmented reality driven edutainment concept to Malaysia,” he said. “Technology is often blamed for disconnecting people in today’s world. Through our new Imaginarium, we want to showcase how the right technology and design can actually help families and people to connect and become closer. We use state-of-the-art Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to offer visitors of all ages immersive futuristic experiences across five interactive dimensions, bringing their wildest imagination to life.”
Langkawi’s Imaginarium and the future
Tan was also asked about the future of the park, even though it had only just opened. “We plan to refresh the attractions on an ongoing basis by introducing new technology as it arises. We are also planning to open another similar theme park in the Klang Valley soon.” What very soon means is up to interpretation. In any regards, we won’t see the new attraction until 2017.
If you want to see what an AR or VR park looks like and don’t want to wait until the opening of the Chinese one, this might be for you. Have a look at the official website here. Tickets are really cheap, around S$8 for adults and children alike.
Source: Computerworld Malaysia