It seems you can't really go anywhere these days where technology isn't being incorporated in some fashion. From ordering off iPads in restaurants to pre-movie game play on mobile phones, some form of technical interaction has become a prevalent norm.
Several Regina attractions utilize interactive technology in displays and exhibits with concepts ranging from simple to complex. Some help tell a story or make learning or access to information easy, while others bring experiences to life. Here are three attractions where interactive technology is part of the mix.
Go virtual at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre Probably the most advanced technology being used is the new state-of-the-art Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which offers an interactive experience allowing visitors to the RCMP Heritage Centre to become a virtual member.
Visitors hop up onto a saddle and virtual horse and then experience what it feels like to be part of the famed musical ride! The permanent virtual reality installation resembles a barn, with three stalls. The first stall houses a saddle, equipped with a "butt-kicker" to simulate the various horse gaits (the paces of a horse).
photos courtesy RCMP Heritage Centre
The experience consists of six activities ranging from 30 seconds to three minutes each. Two are from the vantage point of a rider and the remaining four are from the perspective of a spectator observing from the middle of the arena.
It is a full 360 degree experience. If you visit, don’t forget to look side-to-side, up and down and even behind because the action truly is all around! Also really neat is how the sound in the experience's headset is 360-directional, so it simulates how you would hear things in reality when moving your head.
This cool experience was created and managed by partners and local company, Talking Dog Studios.
Also while there, try your hand at “Cracking the Case,” an interactive exhibit where visitors piece together crime scene elements such as fingerprints, footprint analysis and more. Cost for both is included with regular admission.
photo courtesy RCMP Heritage Centre
Power up at the Saskatchewan Science Centre In the Building Connections housing exhibit, visitors to the Saskatchewan Science Centre learn about electricity, ways to reduce power consumption, and how communities are designed. The exhibit features a giant spinning wheel that allows visitors to move back and forth, walking or running in order to generate enough electricity to power a TV.
Visitors can also learn more about different building materials and techniques using the retail store laser scanner. Another cool component to the exhibit is a camera which offers visitors the ability to upload and send pictures they draw.
This video posted by local media CJME shows Regina students who got to test out the newest permanent exhibit:
Not happening until October (6-8) but of interest technologically speaking is the annual Ignite! festival; art, science, engineering and more come together in this interactive event. The festival encourages, celebrates and demonstrates inventiveness from all angles.
Get your sport on at the Saskatchewan sports Hall of Fame
In between learning all about past and present sports greats who have hailed from the province (hint: there are a lot!), there are interactive exhibits you can try out while visiting the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
A total hit with the kids (and adults too!) is the Multi-Sports Simulator; an interactive exhibit featuring a touch screen where visitors can choose a sport (up to 9) from cricket to golf, hockey, rugby and more. Simply select the level, where you want to play, the number of players, and then do your best to score with up to five tries in an area with that houses the large screen and real sporting equipment!
Spread throughout the gallery are five monitors with different information on each showcasing inductees, exhibit information, records/stats, facts and more. Also visitors can access three iPads, two of which connect to the Sports Hall of Fame website where they can search for information. The third connects directly to Trip Advisor and encourages gallery visitors to leave a review.
Open 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. everyday, there is an admission fee – $5/adults, $2/students, $3/seniors and $10/family.
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Check out the website and social media channels for more information on anniversary related events.