VRLA’s Summer Expo Is Going To Have A Virtual Reality Silent Rave

by Jamie Feltham • August 3rd, 2016

Silent discos? Those are so 1990; we’re preparing for one of the world’s first silent virtual reality raves.

Yes, you read that right, a silent virtual reality rave. If the political landscape hadn’t already convinced you that we’re living in the dystopian steampunk future, this should prove that we’re well on our way. This bizarre, yet oddly intriguing, experience will be held at this year’s VRLA Summer Expo with the help of SubPac, the makers of the wearable bass backpack that delivers feedback in sync with the music and sounds the user is listening to.

SubPac

The rave will see guests stick an HTC Vive headset on, along with a pair of Skullcandy Crusher headphones and the SubPac device, to dance along with DJ sets. The organizers will be using WaveVR’s The Wave VR, a music creation tool that allows artists to perform live shows to VR users. Paired with SubPac’s M2 system, guests will be able to physically feel the music around them as they dance. To everyone not at the event, however, you’ll just look a little strange.

The Wave VR is set for a Beta launch on the Vive in Q4 2016. SubPac, meanwhile, will also be exhibiting during VRLA, which takes place on 5th and 6th August at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The company will again be showcasing the M2 system along with its S2 seatback tactile bass unit.

Elsewhere, VRLA’s Summer Expo is set to feature over 130 exhibitors and sponsors along with over 30 panels and presentations. You can expect to see plenty of different games, experiences, and hardware as well as talks from the likes of AMD, Epic Games, and more. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $40 for a one-day pass on the 6th.

We’re set to be at VRLA ourselves so we’ll be sure to bring you the latest from the show. You might even be able to spot us on the dance floor.

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