Dec. 20, 2016
Photo - Langkawi Imaginarium Virtual Safari
The Malaysian island of Langkawi has opened the country's first augmented reality attraction.
The technology-driven attraction is designed to stretch the imagination and creativity of both children and adults, said Sean Tan, director of Imaginarium Langkawi.
Tan said this latest addition to the "the island's list of must-see attractions allows anyone to travel across different worlds and time zones."
He said the Imaginarium (pic above) uses "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."
Located in front of Langkawi Skycab, the Imaginarium's [ilangkawi.com.my] five different time zones are: the Jurassic Age, Year 1980, Year 2020, Year 3300 and a 'Lost in Time: Year X' segment.
Technology to actually connect
Tan said children will also be able to create, colour and scan their original drawings (pi below), then watch their artwork come alive in animated 3D on a 30-foot screen at the Rainbow Alive exhibit in Kiddotown, in the heart of the Imaginarium.
He said another attraction is the Skyride VR exhibit, which takes visitors on a tour around Langkawi using the latest VR simulation technology. "Skyride VR explores breathtaking parts of the island that are not even accessible to helicopters, while educating visitors on the island's many interesting myths and legends.
"We are very excited to be the first to bring this augmented reality driven edutainment concept to Malaysia," said Tan. "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."
Speaking of the future plans, he said: "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."
The first version of this article appeared on Computerworld Malaysia 20 December 2016.