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Computer Interactive - Eness, Virsual The Digital Rocking Horse, 2003 Object Reg. No: HT 8000

Summary:
Virsual is a wireless, ride-on rocking horse equipped with its own motion sensor device. As riders saddle up a 3D game is activated and displayed on screen. The hardware is an off-the-shelf wireless USB device, which is tracking rocking motion and head turns. The body is a 3D contemporary version of a horse type creature, with an exaggerated cartoony asthetic, feauturing large blue eyes, a pale yellow body and brown saddle. It was developed by Melbourne firm Eness, and was designed and manufactured locally.

It was acquired as part of it winning the Melbourne Museum Acquisition Prize in the State of Design Awards held in July, 2004.
Description:
Cartoon-like "horse" with yellow plastic body and brown plastic saddle. The horse has aluminium foot bar at the front and an aluminium rocking mechanisum. The facial feautres have been exaggerated with large blue eyes and a large grey coloured nose.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: computer games, innovations, rocking horses, state of design awards, toy design, horses, sport, racing industry, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Toys
Tertiary Classification: riding
Inscriptions: Moulded on foot bar: virsual

Moulded on both rear legs: eness
Manufacturer: Eness Pty Ltd, Prahan, Victoria, Australia, 2003-2005
Designer: Mr. Nimrod Weis - Eness Pty Ltd, Prahan, Victoria, Australia, 2003-2005
Designer: Mr. Steven Mieszelewicz - Eness Pty Ltd, Prahan, Victoria, Australia, 2003-2005
References: The http://www.eness.com.au web site has details of published materials.
For further information on Virsual, see http://www.virsual.com

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