IAAPA: Virtual Reality

I felt like I'm in an artificial environment, wearing this Virtual Reality headgear carrying a weapon as if I'm really in Afghanistan hunting down terrorists without the fear of being shot, but your brain doesn't know that as you dodge a bullet, it's so realistic that I could be suffering from PTD, even though I was never drafted. I didn't earn any stripes during my few minutes tour overseas, my legs still remains intact after stepping on an IED. This is just one of the hundreds of exhibits at the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) trade show held here recently in Orlando.

IAAPA: 6 Flags

I once had annual pass to these 6 Flags parks, always looking forward to a new roller coater coming soon this Spring, this has a Batman theme obviously the Joker trying to discourage us. It's not the fear, it's just that at my age, my heart would probably not survive the thrills. There are major theme parks from all over the world showcasing their new rides at the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), a trade show held here in Orlando.

IAAPA: 3D Pinball

3D Pinball is among the thousands of new technological advances being exhibited at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), a trade show, closed to the public, held annually here in Orlando, Florida. It's impossible to cover them all, so I just report on a few that stood out. I remember spending all my allowances playing pinball with my friends at the local arcade during the pre-Pong era. Nowadays, the industries has to be more creative to pull you away from your video game console in front of your flat screen,  Parents wouldn't dare pull the plug as they can't put up with your whining. Anyway, I get to check out that 3D stuff, it's so realistic that it has some advantages over the vintage pinball machines, such as multiple games choices, accepts credit cards, etc. I'm so old-fashioned, I'd rather play "Pac Man" on my old Atari 2600.


Starkey Egg Chair

Someone came into a pawn shop in Las Vegas wanting to unload a vintage Starkey Egg Chair, which original purpose was to test your hearing. It's an alternative to a soundproof room for Deaf children with claustrophobia. You probably would caught me napping. It's more popular with those who rather listen to music so loud it rocks the foundation, causing neighbors to put their homes on the market. It's so durable, it couldn't crack an egg, and it comes with a warning that you shouldn't use it if you live along a fault line. It's also a prop seen in such films as "Men In Black." It's also mentioned that the late President Ronald Reagan was outfitted with a Starkey hearing-aid. They also got a reputation donating hearing-aids to children in third world countries, a great tax write-off. If you're curious, you can just click on  their cable website to watch that "Pawn Stars" episode.