GET REAL: Art Lloyd-Jones takes on those pesky aliens with the help of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset at the Dalby library.
GET REAL: Art Lloyd-Jones takes on those pesky aliens with the help of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset at the Dalby library. Ebony Graveur

VR a reality at Dalby library this summer

THE school holidays can be a boring time if there's nothing fun to do.

Some say there's always something to do if you know where to look but it's a lot easier to have a good time when there's something right under your nose.

The Dalby Library is currently home to a HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset that enables the wearer to interact with an animated world as though they're in it.

Mother Danielle Lloyd-Jones brought her children to the VR room in the Dalby Library to give the kids a treat during the school holidays.

"It's something we can't afford to buy and it gives them something to do,” she said.

At just shy of $1000, the VR device is out of the price range of most families so the opportunity to play around with it without having to shell out for the experience is a welcome one.

"It's a different experience for them, I think,” she said.

The Dalby Library VR Cube is set up to offer an assortment of games, creativity programs and educational programs.

The Lloyd-Jones family has visited the VR at the Dalby Library before and returned for another try.

"We come a couple of times a week,” Ms Lloyd-Jones said.

"It gives them something to do during the holidays because there's nothing to do.

"We'd never have had the opportunity otherwise.”

14-year-old Art Llyod-Jones said he'd never used a VR set before visiting the library.

He enjoyed the experience of playing a shooting game and said his favourite thing about it was the fact it's 3D.

While he played for an hour-long session, Art didn't find himself tiring of the experience.

"You have to shoot aliens,” he said.

While the VR Cube offers a world in which the aliens must be defeated, players are also able to engage in more creativity-based activities, such as painting.

The VR Cube is only open to library members and time slots must be booked through the library.

It will be available to use for the duration of the school holidays with the possibility of continuing into term one.


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