A Mixed Reality Hot Air Balloon Experience Comes To Meow Wolf

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Have you ever wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride but been too scared to try? Well, a new mixed reality experience in Santa Fe might be right up your alley.

Located at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, the mixed reality experiences uses a physical hot air balloon basket and chassis alongside a virtual reality experience to let you fly high just like you’re on a real hot air balloon journey. The physical basket and the controllable, physical gas lever mean that visitors can feel properly immersed in the experience. You can lean against the basket, look down at the ground and feel like you have physical control over the balloon.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the hot air balloon flies over a “mountainous canyon setting with a large dinosaur skeleton, a small ghost town, birds flying, wind turbines and a few other balloons.”

The experience is on lease at Meow Wolf for six months from Janimation VR, who have had a hand in creating a variety of VR and non-VR games over the years.

This hot air balloon at Meow Wolf is not the first to incorporate real life and physical props into a VR experience. The Void is known for its use of physical props that are recreated in a virtual reality experience, as seen last year in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. The Void have also just announced Avengers: Damage Control, where we expect to see a similar integration of physical objects and environments that match the virtual world.



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