The Catatonic experience blends the real world with the virtual world, whereby audience members become mental patients in a spine-chilling insane asylum
Catatonic is an immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride.
Participants are ushered into a custom-built wheelchair by live nurses in 1940s uniforms. The design of the chair resembles a padded cell: a unique blend of comfort and paralysis. The viewer is then fitted with a samsung gear headset and headphones. in the virtual environment, the “patient” / audience member is ushered through the psychiatric wing, experiencing the full brunt of madness within. along with the 360o 3d immersion of vr, the patient also feels jolts emanating from a buttkickertm, a vibrating device built into the base of the wheelchair. the many moving parts of catatonic build to a cacophony of terror and depravity one has to experience to believe.
Unfortunately, all dates for this experience have passed. So, for now, the experience is no longer available but you can keep an eye on their official website.
Personally, I would love to see more of these kinds of experiences. With horror, the more immersive the better. I would love to see this kind of thing incorporated into major theme parks although they would have to overcome the “Cyber sickness” issue many people experience when using VR glasses. Although Gabe Newell of Valve says they have cracked the VR motion sickness problem. “Zero percent of people get motion sick” when people use their tech. So maybe we on our way to seeing VR used en mass!
Look below for some more screens and a video of the actual experience.