Together with Yahoo! Japan in 2014, we developed “Yahoo! JAPAN – TREND COASTER”, the world’s first virtual roller coaster simulator that generates rides based on a keyword’s popularity in social media posts and on the Yahoo! search engine.
We took the changing numbers of shared posts based on a keyword shown in the form of a line graph on Yahoo’s Real Time Search and transformed it into a virtual 3D trending waveform. By putting on Oculus Rift head-mounted displays and riding in an actual roller coaster installed with the ELSACO Kolín “Motion-sim” driving simulator, riders were able to enjoy a unique, 360-degree virtual experience created by the ups and downs of a trend.
Yahoo! JAPAN – TREND COASTER was exhibited at Tokyo Leisure Land and ad:tech tokyo 2014.