American innovation pavilion to showcase VR technology

The American Innovation Pavilion is scheduled to formally open Thursday in Taipei, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the fun of virtual reality technology and other innovative technologies, according to the organizers.

The pavilion at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is being organized jointly by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Design Center and the American Innovation Center. Running through Oct. 30, the event, which is free of charge, is aimed at showcasing innovative technologies and their applications through interactive experiences, activities and exhibitions, the AIT said.

"You can visit Yosemite National Park with President Obama through virtual reality; you can play a mind-reading game by utilizing big data; you can also enjoy new creative applications and interactive digital magazines here," AIT Director Kin Moy said at a news conference Wednesday at the pavilion.

Moy also donned a VR headset to play virtual games that took him river rafting and passing through a jungle.

Meanwhile, visitors can create unique artwork on the cloud platform for Taipei with digital artists by uploading their photos, and there is also a chance for visitors to use 3D mapping projection to learn about the human body or see how 3D printing can help patients who are in need of cranium reconstruction, he said.

"I hope people will be inspired to create and innovate after visiting this place," Moy said.

Another highlight of Wednesday's event was a speech delivered by Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (??) using virtual reality. Tang is involved in promoting digital technology in Taiwan.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Industrial Development Bureau under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, with support from several partners in the private sector, the AIT said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel