World's First Virtual Reality Water Slide Opens In Germany


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VR slide at Germany’s Galaxy Erding (Photo Credit:

Virtual reality (VR)-enhanced roller coasters that keep fans at the edge of their seats are not a new concept. Visitors aboard the Superman: Ride of Steel coaster at Six Flags in Maryland have been immersing themselves in the superhero’s world since 2016, while those aboard Cedar Point, Ohio’s suspended Iron Dragon ride have been dodging ogres and orcs since 2017. But given that water does not bode well for the sensitive VR electronics, the experience has been harder to offer for water slides. That, however, changed recently with the opening of the Space Glider, the world’s first VR water slide.

Located at Europe’s biggest water park, the Galaxy Erding in South Germany, the ride takes the exciting experience to a whole new level by offering thrill-seekers the choice of three fascinating worlds – Space, Sky, or Snow. By simply strapping on a headset, riders can glide through a magical alien world, follow beautiful butterflies around floating islands, or immerse themselves in a white winter wonderland. To make the experience even more heart-stopping, the 160-meter (520-ft)-long ride that lasts about 35 seconds has two uphill tracks that provide a roller coaster-like journey.

Magical virtual alien world (Photo Credit:

While the tire slide, which has been successfully tested by almost 10,000 park goers since it opened in February 2018, is impressive, the technology behind it, developed by California startup Ballast, is even more so. The specially-created waterproof headsets can be submerged without harming the delicate Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile devices, which run the custom software for the VR experiences. The headsets also charge wirelessly, allowing park operators to seamlessly swap out sets throughout the day.

Strategically placed smart sensors relay real-time information about water slider’s speed (Photo Credit:

The biggest challenge the company faced, however, was providing an optimal VR experience for everyone. That’s because unlike roller coasters, where the speed is fixed for all riders, water slide speeds vary depending on the weight of the person. To overcome the issue, Ballast installed smart sensors in strategic areas along the slide to keep track of the rider’s progress at all times. The information, conveyed via the headset, allows the custom software to adjust his/her location within the virtual world accordingly, making for a smooth, motion-sickness free ride for all.

Ballast is working on a developing a virtual reality swimming pool where headsets are not required (Photo Credit:

Though Ballast is thrilled at Space Glider’s success, the company has bigger aspirations. They want to create an experience where guests will be able to swim underwater amid pods of virtual dolphins, whales, and even sharks – without having to wear the clunky headsets!


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  • sweetclubear
    sweetclubearSunday, May 23, 2021 at 1:54 pm
    • jazmine2008
      jazmine2008Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 6:35 am
      they should have had those right now during the pandemic that will be fun in so many levels. 💖🧁👉👈
      • evaplays
        evaplaysThursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:12 am
        Woah I wanna go there this summer soooo bad!
        • evaplays
          evaplaysThursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:12 am
          And super sick!
        • horse123456
          horse123456Friday, March 5, 2021 at 7:34 am
          Woah! COOL!
          • kittylover111
            kittylover111Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:30 am
            Oh wow! I would love to try that, and just not get sick! I love water slides!
            • 123gamergirl123
              123gamergirl123Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:25 am
              WOW!!! It looks so fun!!!!!
              • bstiglic
                bstiglicMonday, February 22, 2021 at 10:56 am
                I wonder how they got the headsets to be water proof, because I have two at home and it would be hard to make them water proof. I hope I can go on that slide, and maybe I can, because I am going there in a year or two!
                • bluepug1014
                  bluepug1014Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 9:17 am
                  there so lucky I wish I was there. and whoever made this is amazing
                  • wolfy_blue
                    wolfy_blueMonday, February 8, 2021 at 9:53 am
                    i wanna thank the person who invented this :D because this is awesome
                    • goldengurl1206
                      goldengurl1206Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2:54 pm
                      THIS IS GENIUS!!!!