Manchester Science Festival at MediaCityUK

KATVR – KAT WALK

Introducing the KAT WALK from KATVR. Something so unlike the cat walk that models grace in high-end fashion shows, and yet, as impressive on a completely different scale.

The 21st – 22nd of October the team from THE VR DEN and BEE VR connected to present the amazing equipment that we purchased from KATVR – the Kat Walk! It premiered at the Manchester Science Festival down at MediaCityUK, inside the University of Salford.

What is the Kat Walk?
It is an omnidirectional treadmill that uses Virtual Reality to deliver a more immersive experience.

In our set up, BEE VR provided a HTC Vive headset to pair with the Kat Walk.

We had an absolutely amazing response from everyone who tried it out! Constant queues and interest from the public were through the roof. We couldn’t believe just how well our audience received this machine.

Everyone who particpated were asked to fill out a survey, so that we could gather the feedback and see where we could improve. From comments stating that the staff were helpful and friendly, to the experience of such an incredible maching – we found close to zero negativity in their responses.

Who are BEE VR?
This was our introduction event where we worked together. We are going to be working on the upcoming Greater Manchester Tour 2017 this November through to December. Click here to find out more about the team from BEE VR.

As you may have read previously about our first event at Twenty Twenty Two in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, we had a decent response, but nothing compared to this weekend gone by.

Therefore we would like to share some insights about this highly successful event, and the huge benefits we received from it taking part in this free event.

Take a look at some of our customers enjoying the experience!

 

Look! We even received an awesome wood lasered sign. BEE VR kindly picked it up from Maker Space – specialising in 3D prints/lasers/scanners.

While many people were lining up for the KAT WALK, unfortunately it didn’t cater to those under 16 years old. Luckily, we had a room-scale set up beside it.  This allowed everyone to at least share in a VR experience.

Another thing that we noticed, was that on the second day of the event, people were returning from the previous day to have another shot!

We believe that  Greater Manchester is ready to embrace this futuristic technology. And as a result, we have gained a boost to our confidence in our company’s ambition.

We are more driven to deliver, more inspired to expand our horizons, and more involved in the local communities since the company began in May this year.  6 months of development and hard work down the line.

And finally, BRING. ON. THE. TOUR.

The VR Den’s inside scoop on their event at Twenty Twenty Two…

As you may have previously seen advertised through our online presence, we threw a Virtual Reality tournament on the weekend of the 26th – 27th of August down in Manchester’s very own Northern Quarter, niche Ping-Pong club, Twenty Twenty Two.

From our entrance at 1pm, and after a bit of mucking around with the layout of the room we had hired, then finalising the room scale set-up, we were ready to welcome the pub’s audience as our own. And BAM! 2 hours clocked past without a soul entering the premise.

The first challengers that arrived set the bar very high, scoring a whopping 9360 in the Longbow and 98.6% in Audioshield. This didn’t stop the other players that followed trying their best to beat them.

We had an array of different people sampling our VR set-up, beginning with a tipsy, fun-seeking Hen’s party, a couple of hard-to-impress soldiers (which we ended up trialling some different games and won them over with a shooter called Onward), some eager tourists, and last but not least, our very likeminded gaggle of hard-core gamers.

The best part of this event were the responses. There were those that created an impatiently enthusiastic desire to play simply from spectating friends of friends. Some underwent an emotional rollercoaster starting off unsure about the unknown world of VR and then moving on to develop a complete sense of joy and amazement. Some even went as far as to comment that it was their best experience ever of the digital world.

We were even supported by a visit from a passionate organiser from the Manchester Virtual Reality Meet-Up team Luca Mefisto, who enjoyed his time with his friends.

Incredibly, it was the lad who first played Audioshield that remained undefeated after our 2-day gig. As for Longbow’s side of the scoreboard, it seemed almost too difficult a task to tackle the initial 9360. It wasn’t until 1am on Saturday that one challenger, drenched in sweat and out of breath pushed their way to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 11035. It was beautiful to witness this feat.

The winners each took home their well-deserved Amazon Echo Dot as a trophy.

 

Onward – the best military simulation in the VR world?

In this game, players will use coordination, communication, and marksmanship skills to complete objectives in online infantry combat. If you think that reloading weapons take only one swing or a press of the button, then you are wrong! It is as close to reality as it can be, for example, the style used to reload weapons. Want to know more? Watch the video below.

 

And so it begins… Our first step towards sharing a better Virtual Reality experience within Greater Manchester!

This Bank Holiday weekend down at Twenty Twenty Two, we will be hosting a FABULOUS tournament.

A £4 ticket will secure you a chance to battle for the highest score on either Audioshield or Longbow from The Lab.

Winners will be announced on our Twitter and Facebook, and will be contacted to claim their prize of an amazing Amazon Echo Dot.

Audioshield: Best VR game out there?

Audioshield will quickly get your heartrate up as the blue and orange balls come flying towards you in this Space Invaders/Guitar Hero-esque Virtual Reality game. To the rythm of your favourite songs from your computer or YouTube, Audioshield allows you to take on various difficulties with increasing activity and wider angles.

Take a look at (and listen to a great classic) in the video below: