The Future of FECs: The Ultimate Battle Simulator

Step aside, laser tag. There’s a new game in town.

An interesting video surfaced on the Internet this morning. It features what could be the next big thing in family entertainment center attractions: a shockingly realistic video game simulator – the first of its kind.

We’re not just talking about the current 3D games you see in some arcades. The video, produced by The Gadget Show (part of the Channel 5 television network), introduces an individual dressed head to toe in what looks like paintball field attire as he enters a small room surrounded by large television monitors.

From there, the man picks up a modified paintball gun and the real fun begins.

Watch the video below and you’ll see what we mean.

Just two years ago motion picture companies Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment produced the sci-fi thriller “Gamer,” which is set in a future-world where humans can control other humans in online gaming environments via devices very similar to the video above.

While technology has not quite reached that point – yet – it’s still amazing to see that what is happening right now might be huge for the FEC industry in just few year’s time. [back link to other FEC blog]

There’s no doubt, it’s an exciting time to be in the FEC industry. Whether you’re an owner, patron or provide professional liability insurance for the venues, it’s hard to ignore the new technology and interest buzzing around the industry.

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The Future of Amusement Park Rides

Science Fiction Could Be Coming to a Theme Park Near You

We’re breaking out the big words for this post: quantum levitation (also known as quantum trapping/locking). Don’t worry; we didn’t know what it meant when we first heard it either.

According to the phenomena occurs when a material makes the transition from its normal to its superconducting state (when cold temperatures cause zero electrical resistance), actively excluding magnetic fields from its interior, leaving only a thin layer on its surface.

In layman’s terms: You take a frozen magnet and some seriously complex science and use them to make things float.

Still confused? Watch this video made by the super-genius types from Tel-Aviv University.

Relate the phenomena to Maglev high-speed trains, which function by using electrical pulses and magnets to levitate the train cars, virtually eliminating friction in the process.

What this could mean for the Family Entertainment Center Industry

We wouldn’t say to go out and start planning your next amusement park around quantum levitation roller coasters or bumper cars just yet, but with the rate that technology is advancing we think this could be the future of the FEC industry.

Imagine the kind of buzz your amusement park would get, if you used this technology to power your theme park rides. All it takes is an operator with a degree in superconductivity and quantum physics. No problem, right?

Think we are on to something and this is the future, or are we totally off our rockers? Let us know in the comments!