Today, we had the opportunity of showcasing our virtual reality booth at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum, where the Canadian Heritage Minister, Mélanie Joly, got to experience our work for the first time. As soon as she completed the demo she said “Everyone has to do this” – Immediately after, everyone did indeed try our booth. The demo included a brief experience of the CN6400 steam locomotive where the user could interact with different valves and levers inside the cab. We also added a small experience where the user could interact with the credits. They could swipe the letters and logos away, carry them around, and flick individual letters out of people’s names.
We had a group of around 30 adults try out our booth, including, Members of Parliament, museum executives and staff, and even local press. The response was very positive, so much so, that those who had already tried the booth, stuck around to see others experience it.
Following the Heritage Minister and her entourage, we had a group of approximately 20 students hop in the booth and experience the CN6400. Every student held a smile throughout the entire experience and there were even those who would scream in excitement or surprise. It was quite interesting because much like how the adults stayed to watch others use the booth, the students did the exact same thing – They crowded around the monitor and instructed their peers to do different actions to see what would happen.
Overall, it was great to have so many people enjoy our work and the experiences we are creating. It seems like no matter what age, our booth amazes everyone who tries it.