(PPD Net, 2 June 2015) – This Tuesday, April 21, 2015 photo shows the Vortex Dome in downtown Los Angeles. Once seen as mainly a tool for alien-blasting video gamers, now major movie studios, television producers and even budding artists are adopting the technology that has users donning bulky goggles, entering house-sized domes, even rigging their smartphones to immerse themselves in faraway realms.

Student Jack Turpin used video game software to create a psychedelic world of rolling mountains, beaches and palm trees. Using a controller, he transported students through the environment as if they were riding in a tour bus with a bubble glass roof. Student Jackie Tan spelled out words, forcing viewers to glance around the dome, then gave them a bug’s eye-view of ice cream melting over the top of them.

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