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IAAPA Expo launch for Triotech’s XD Dark Ride


“IMAGINE several people interacting in real time with a


3D movie on a large screen. Imagine a group of people being thrown together in a giant real time 3D video game. It brings a whole new perspective and experience to the industry.” So said Triotech founder and president Ernest Yale in


an interview he gave last April. And just seven months later, at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando this November, Triotech is thrilled to be launching its brand new attraction - XD Dark Ride. Yale has been dreaming up this innovative interactive


motion theatre for quite a while now. “In light of the fact that the XD Theatre has enjoyed international success, the realisation of the XD Dark Ride project was a given,” he says. In fact, the XD Theatre, even though it has been on


the market for nearly five years, has never ceased to be of interest to buyers in the amusement industry. Moreover, sales have increased in an unstable economical climate, mainly because of the product’s strong ROI and reliability. With the new XD Dark Ride, Triotech brings an all new


level of excitement to the industry and claims it is the world’s first virtual dark ride with realistic motion, real time 3D stereoscopic graphics and “6D” special effects. Additionally, the theatre’s winner-loser scoring system allows riders to play against each other. “You’ll find many innovative technologies in this new


product. And that’s why it perfectly fits the company’s main objectives,” says Yale. “We want to develop cutting- edge products and become the reference in the industry for innovative, interactive group entertainment.” A prototype of the XD Dark Ride was presented at


the EAS Show in Rome in October and the reaction was extremely positive, according to Yale. “You could see by the look on the faces of the riders that they just loved it. We expect an even better reaction at IAAPA as we will be presenting an enhanced version of the theatre at the show.” From what is claimed to be the world’s fastest virtual


gun system, to a 360 degree surround sound environment and with custom theatres ranging from six to 106 seats,


the XD Dark Ride will certainly be one of the most sought- after attractions in Orlando this November. Feedback from players who tested the prototype in


Kuala Lumpur (at the Asian Attractions Expo) and Rome is that “there is nothing like it out there.” One player was heard to say: “This game responds incredibly well and quickly and everything feels 100 per cent realistic.”


The main advantages of the XD Dark Ride are:


• Small footprint offering the full experience of a dark ride in only approximately 50 sq.m, including realistic motions better than a “traditional” dark ride.


• Realistic real time effects projected on a 3D stereoscopic, high definition screen, so it is like playing a giant video game with a group of your best friends.


• Award winning XD-motion system that has been proven in the XD Theatre.


• Scoring system where all the players compete against each other and a final score of the best and worst players is displayed at the end of the adventure.


• Photo system where the players see each other on screen and a souvenir photo with individual performance is printed at the end of the game.


• Three available adventures at launch time. The XD Dark Ride will have the highest number of interactive films available in 2011.


• “6D” special real time effects for a complete sensory experience.


• Curved screen technology with up to 360 degree display.


• Educational version of the theatre available in early 2011 (for museums, zoos, aquariums, science


centers, etc.) Triotech is currently developing a hybrid version of the


XD Dark Ride that will bring this interactive 3D technology to classical dark ride tunnels. The company will be able to retrofit classical dark rides in amusement parks with its interactive 3D technology, which will be integrated into the moving vehicles of a classical dark ride. “And this is just the beginning,” says Yale confidently.


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