It took a few hours and machine that’s worth about a quarter of a million dollars.
Gamers, rejoice: Adelaide’s first virtual reality arcade is here.
Untethered VR has opened on Gouger Street, and promises a range of VR experiences from flying and zombie-fighting to a magic elevator that opens up at the edge of a skyscraper. The only thing separating you from the streets below? A wooden plank. It all feels terrifying real.
Corporate groups are also encouraged to visit, with Untethered offering team-building exercises that bring people together through problem-solving. We checked out the arcade and spoke to founders Tom Berzins, Phillip Wu and Tom Baxter about transforming the space (“We had to YouTube ‘how to paint a wall,'” laughs Baxter), their passion for gaming and their earliest VR experiences. Here are some of the highlights from our visit.
March 8 is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating by looking at the achievements of five innovative Adelaide women who are pioneers in their respective fields. Check them out.
Flavia is a rocket scientist. She’s the co-founder of Fleet Space Technologies, a company that aims to connect the world’s devices – yes, all of them – in an efficient, more affordable manner than ever before. Fleet Space plans to do this using a collection of tiny satellites.
Dr. Kristin Alford
Kristin is the director of MOD., a future-focused museum for young adults that connects technology, art and science. She was also the founding director of foresight agency Bridge8., which focuses on facilitating nanotechnology, water sustainability, health and other futures for corporations, government and not-for-profit organisations.
Dr. Michelle Fraser and Dr. Melinda Jasper
At science-tech company RHS, Michelle and Melinda make products for testing single cells to ensure they have the right amount of DNA in them. That way, it can be determined if the cells have a genetic fault that causes disease. RHS is currently developing software for applications like prenatal or cancer diagnosis.
“I think that it’s great there are a lot of role models for STEM that are female. We’ve got more women at RHS than men, and it’s not unusual to find a lot of women in the health space. There’s a lot of women CEOs of listed biotech companies, particularly in South Australia,” says Michelle.
“We’re ASX listed, so a lot of the people that we meet with about investment decisions are male. So I’d love to see some more women in that, covering the health stocks,” she says.
Professor Tanya Monro
Tanya is renowned is in the field of photonics, having a range of patents to her name and publishing more than 500 scientific papers. She focuses on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres. She is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation; and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia.
This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in July in the city of Adelaide. For more details about the event, click here.