Virtual reality, the latest high tech wizardry, lets a viewer step into an imaginary three-dimensional world by slipping on a special 3-D headset.
It's the stuff of Star Wars, the ultimate gimic that lets you walk right into your own video game.
And fairgoers at this year's Mother Lode Fair will be able to try it out for themselves.
Promoter, consultant and hologram specialist Jeff Allen will have Virtual Reality as the centerpiece of his exhibit in the Bonanza Building. Allen's "Through the Looking Glass" display will feature virtual reality headsets, a "3-D Virtual Reality Theatre," a selection of Allen's collection of holograms and a continuous showing of computer animation.
Allen's specialty is holograms. He calls the three-dimensional images "magic windows," and has one of the largest private collections of holograms in the world.
The San Rafael resident has been producing holographic shows and exhibits for more than 16 years.
He has been involved with a number of patents and inventions in state-of-the-art technologies and authored "Magic Windows: Pocket Holography," a pocketbook describing the science and art behind holograms.
Allen is developing a holographic attraction for MarineWorld Africa USA.