Flying High with the Hypersuit

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From the myth of Icarus to the Chinese invention of the first kite to the blueprints of Leonardo Da Vinci to the achievements of the Wright brothers and every milestone in between, there is something universally majestic and compelling about the phenomenon of flight. Although modern aviation is much less than even two centuries old, tackling the force of gravity and the awe that it inspires is encoded in our very genes. And it is this magnetism for the sky that our Installation of the Week taps into with direct technological acumen.

It’s been dubbed the Hypersuit, and although it may look like a futuristic massage chair at your neighborhood shopping mall kiosk, it is actually a virtual or “augmented” reality (VR) installation that literally positions you in a horizontal flying position with arms extended to mimic the wings of a bird or plane. Using this “movable exoskeleton” to bank in virtual airspace, participants are able to explore otherworldly landscapes with ease and safety.

Hypersuit is a Paris-based startup dedicated to create highly immersive hardware and software technologies for gaming, and its star product was demonstrated at this year’s CES using the HTC Vive. Now in its prototypical form, it is predicted that the Hypersuit will serve as a kind of foundation or “base controller” for a slew of upgrades to come, not unlike a joystick for early computer games. Subsequent versions will focus more on tweaking controllability and immersion. As some of the videos “flying” around suggest, the product is cost prohibitive for personal use and will likely live in VR arcades until the model is perfected for circumstantial use cases. Check out the video below for more info:

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Jason is a screenwriter, filmmaker, multimedia journalist and editor of DigitalSignageConnection.com. After film school, he attended USF to graduate with a journalism degree. Since then, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa, Gogobot.com and TBO.com. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee explored the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees and the various environmental/economic repercussions. The film became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival. In 2015, he became editor of DigitalSignageConnection.com at Exponation in Atlanta where he puts his combination of media skills to good use.

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