Zombies, Fires and Surreal Cities: Adelaide’s First Virtual Reality Arcade Has Arrived

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.

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in July in the city of Adelaide. For more info on the lab, and how to apply, click here.

Five Reasons Why Everyone With A Tech Idea Should Apply To The #HWALAB

The Hybrid World Adelaide LAB is a space for new projects, products and plans that use digital technology to solve real world problems. Do you have a tech idea? Here are five reasons why you should apply.

1. The mentoring workshop

Over two days, you’ll meet a range of world-class mentors who will use their insights to guide you, discuss your ideas and give you tips and tricks to help your idea succeed.

2. Refining your idea

The #HWALAB is an opportunity to review your idea closely and develop it in an encouraging, productive environment. Regardless of the stage of development your idea is in, you’ll leave with a much clearer vision of the next steps you need to take to bring it to life.

3. Networking

You’ll be surrounded by start-ups and entrepreneurs from around Australia and the world. The opportunities to network are endless, and you’ll be able to share and talk about your ideas with tech-minded people who are as interested in the digital world as you are.

4. Developing your pitch

Regardless of how promising an idea might be, the pitch and messaging around it needs to be clear and engaging for the idea to be viable from a business perspective. At the #HWALAB, you’ll be given guidance on making your pitch as succinct, informative and exciting as possible.

5. Making your vision a reality

With $85,000 in SA Government grants up for grabs, the top pitches will get a kick start in bringing their ideas to reality. Where are last year’s grant winners now? They’re using the grants to develop software that helps fight cancer, making business exhibitions more exciting through projection technology and shaking up the TV industry.

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in late July in the city of Adelaide. More details on the #HWALAB and how to apply here.

Seven High Tech Food Experiences You Need to Know About

The future has arrived, and it’s in your fridge.

How much of a role should technology play when it comes to food? While some embrace it with open arms; others argue it isn’t natural, and some simply find the idea… strange. Whatever your view, we’re taking a look at some of the world’s most interesting high tech foods and restaurants.


3D-printed dessert

It seems almost every industry will be disrupted by 3D printing technology, and food is no exception. Desserts are among the most popular foods to print; with countless Instagram accounts dedicated to 3D-printed sweet creations. Dinara Kasko is one of the many enthusiasts, designing pastry desserts and using 3D printing technology to bring them to life.

Расписание мои курсов на сайте dinarakasko.com Cake Apricot with my Cloud mould by @silikomartprofessional My mould is very popular now! Thank you to all! Composition: crunchy layer, sponge cake with dry apricot, cremeux dulcey-apricot, confit apricot-kumquat, mousse dulcey-apricot. . Торт Абрикос в моей форме от @silikomartprofessional Форма, которая стала нереально популярной. Большое вам всем спасибо, что работаете с ней, что пишете слова благодарности, что стимулируете придумывать ещё и ещё! Состав: хрустящий слой, бисквит с курагой, кремю с дульче и абрикосом, конфи абрикос-кумкват, мусс дульче-абрикос. #dinarakasko #okmycake #pastryinspiration #chocolatejewels #pastryart #cake #kharkov #харьков #chefsofinstagram #gastroart #art #pastryart #chefstalk #pastry #chefs #instadessert #foodcreation #foodartchefs #foodporn #beautifulcuisine #photoartwork #apricot#cloud#cloudmould#forward_gastronomic

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Frozen yogurt that comes in edible packaging

A lab in Paris called WikiFoods hopes to make plastic packaging a thing of the past by designing edible food packaging called ‘WikiCells’. The inspiration? The natural, edible outer layer of fruits and vegetables. The latest product they’ve developed using the technology is ‘Frozen Yogurt Pearls’, which contain a scoop of frozen yoghurt wrapped in a coconut, strawberry or peach flavoured shell. Yum.

Artisanal ice

If you lament paying money for bottled water, you probably won’t be rushing to buy artisanal ice. To some, these are just overpriced ice cubes; to others, they’re pleasing to the eye and surprisingly practical. While normal ice is cloudy because it contains air bubbles and minerals like calcium, in artisanal ice cubes, the water is filtered before being put in a machine like these ones made by Clinebell. They reportedly melt more slowly than regular ice, and are especially popular at bars serving craft cocktails.

Lab-grown meat

You’ve probably heard of lab grown meat, but did you know there are producers claiming it could be on sale by the end of the year? If all goes to plan, people who are so inclined will be able to consume meat grown in a lab from stem cells harvested from living livestock. Josh Tetrick, CEO of manufacturer JUST, told CNN that lab-grown chicken nuggets, sausage and foie gras created using the process could be served in restaurants across the US and Asia by the end of the year, with lab-grown meat estimated to arrive on store shelves by 2021.


Ultraviolet, Shanghai

French chef Paul Pairet is behind Ultraviolet, which is apparently the first “multi-sensory” restaurant in the world. The place is as exclusive as it is unusual: it only holds one table that seats ten. Lucky visitors will enjoy a 20+ course dinner menu, with sight, sound and smell being used to enhance the food. To do this, the purpose-built room is equipped with technology including dry scent projectors, stage and UV lighting, 360 degree wall projection and a multichannel speaker system.

Inamo, London

This Asian-fusion restaurant wants to make the experience of ordering your meal special. There isn’t a single paper menu in the place; the menu is instead projected onto a table on which customers can navigate like they would a tablet. After ordering, diners can look at their “e-table” to watch videos of the staff preparing their food, read information about the local area, and of course, call for the bill after finishing their meal. The projection system is apparently customisable for special events, and the founders of the restaurant claim the e-table brings diners together.

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Bell Book & Candle, New York City

Above this restaurant sits an aeroponic rooftop garden, which means the roots of the plants are suspended over a nutrient solution instead of soil. It makes the garden light enough to prevent the roof from collapsing under its weight, but also removes the need for pesticides or additives. The restaurant team then bring the produce down from the roof using a carbon-neutral pulley system. It’s practical, sustainable and the food is as fresh as you could hope for.

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in July in the city of Adelaide. For more details about the event, click here.

Spotlight: Troy Gray from Vox Ventures wants to shake up the TV industry

The disconnect between television and viewer is a problem that Troy Gray, founder of Vox Ventures, hopes to solve. He came in fourth place at last year’s #HWALAB, after pitching his idea for media sync technology to the panel of experts.

“I produce and syndicate global television shows, coming up with concepts and selling and distributing them around the world,” Troy says.

“If the viewer wanted to be involved in the outcome of the show, they’d be able to do so in real-time. With media sync technology, the viewer will have more say in the outcome of the show they’re viewing.”

He said it was a challenge pitching a broadcast-focused idea at Hybrid World, which is an event focused on new technologies.

“Television is a bit of a dinosaur,” he says. “But not only was I creating shows, I was seeing there was a real disconnect between television and the viewer. I want to make ideas more interactive.”

Pitching, experiencing the mentoring workshop and ultimately being awarded a share in the grant money is something Troy looks back on fondly.

“I was surrounded by experts from the digital space, so that was great for me. I wanted to build, I knew the direction I wanted to take television; but it wasn’t until I was surrounded by some of these people that had more of an idea about technology and the use of digital technology to enhance what I was trying to do, that I saw a much clearer picture.”

The grant money awarded to Troy enabled him to find guidance on a range of concerns including IP protection, which is useful in his dealing with international markets. Troy’s ultimate goal for Vox Ventures is to produce the next great reality program.

“The ultimate show is something that can carry borders, that isn’t specific to geography or demographics, religion, gender or race… the biggest shows in the world are things that can be syndicated quickly, and each country can create their own version,” he says.

“I’ve got several dream shows in mind.”

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in July in the city of Adelaide. For more info on the lab, and how to apply, click here.

Spotlight: Adelaide start-up Rogue Lumens take business exhibitions to the next level

You’re at a business exhibition. Imagine it being an immersive experience, like swimming in a pool, walking in a vineyard, or browsing products on a supermarket shelf – on a nine-by-nine metre wide-screen, wrapped around three walls. It sounds like something you’d find in an art gallery before a business conference, but the corporate world is exactly the space in which start-up Rogue Lumens envision their technology being used.

Rogue Lumens co-founders, Andy Roberts and Greg Matthews, say they want to give companies new tools to communicate their ideas effectively, and make conferences more interesting to attendees.

“We are providing in-booth projection, so turning the walls into screens,” Andy says.

“People can then communicate with dynamic content rather than just static content, which makes it far more interesting for people that are going in and seeing it. And it can be adapted day-to-day, so if you attend a conference on multiple days, it will feel like a different experience, not just groundhog day.”

“If you attend a conference on multiple days, it will feel like a different experience, not just groundhog day.”

Rogue Lumens came in second place at last year’s #HWALAB, and were awarded a share in $85,000 of SA Government grants. Both particularly enjoyed the mentoring workshop.

“The mentoring was fantastic. It was really useful getting the perspectives of these experienced mentors, running our business model in front of them and having people take on a perspective from their experience,” says Greg.

“These were really world-class mentors. Having a conversation with Robert Tercek about your product is a real coup. And Mark Pesce actually made time to catch up and do a one-on-one, even though the schedule didn’t have him doing that. So the investment from these mentors was unbelievable,” adds Andy.

Rogue Lumens have a busy year ahead. They’ve just signed a major client contract with an expo-hire company in Adelaide, and are currently developing a user-friendly website where people can design their own presentations for projection.

“The aspect ratio of the screens is unusual. It’s not that easy to [make a presentation like that] with a standard video editor, or  get them all working together if you want one video wrapping the walls. You can use our product in a web browser, upload your content as you go, and build your presentation and timeline,” explains Greg.

“On the day of the presentation – and this is the important part – it’s a service. It’s all running for you, and you don’t have to lug anything there. The projectors will be set up with the media box there,” he says.

Andy hopes that others who want to be involved in a start-up will take the plunge.

“You’ve got to make a decision to do it. At some point you’re going to have to make a decision and jump,” says Andy.

“This is one of those cases where the experts said it:  it will always take longer and cost more than you think it’s going to. Start getting yourself in a position where you can try some things out. But try it on a small scale; try it as quickly as you can; be brutal with yourself and research it thoroughly. Once you’re absolutely convinced, test it with some people you trust, and then give it a go.”

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in late July in the city of Adelaide. For more details on the #HWALAB, and how to apply, click here.