Technology is constantly evolving around us, and we as a species have evolved with these
advancements in technology. This technological revolution that we witness has seamlessly merged
with our lives. Escape rooms have emerged as one of the greatest and underrated forms of entertainment in the past
decade have evolved with evolving technology.
Technology has thus evolved how we perceive and consume entertainment, from renting DVDs to
digital subscriptions and OTT platforms. It has certainly made entertainment much more
accessible and engaging for everyone.
Escape rooms have emerged as one of the greatest and underrated forms of entertainment in the past
decade have evolved with evolving technology. From automated doors to video conferencing,
technology has changed the way an escape room can be played. Perhaps this is why escape rooms
have managed to capture and entertain an audience for so long and continues to do so.
So which technologies have had an impact on escape rooms?
While there are plenty, we would be focusing on the five most important technologies that have had
the greatest impact on escape rooms. This list would be based on the kind of impact technology has
on the escape room experience.
Below is a list of five technologies that have evolved the escape room experience.
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Automation has changed lives since its creation. It refers to the technology that allows
objects to work and function without human assistance. Some common examples of automation, are
robots that can function without interference once they are turned on.
Similarly, escape rooms have started to employ robots and software programs that respond to inputs
made by a player. Automatic doors that can open and close without human interference are a good
example of technology that has positively affected the escape room experience.
Automation has allowed the escape room to program lights and sounds to correspond to the situation
and inputs from the player. This adds a layer of immersion for themes such as horror, fantasy, and
2. Handheld Devices
Handheld devices have made a huge impact globally. Not only are they accessible to everyone, but
they have also become indispensable to us.
Escape rooms have now begun utilizing mobile devices and tablets as props. Players are now given
handheld devices for storytelling purposes, for solving puzzles, interacting with the environment,
getting hints, and tracking player’s progress.
It is redundant in modern times to give players paper notes in a sci-fi setting thus, devices like these
are changing how immersive an experience it is. Players can now play the role of a time-traveler with
a tablet assisting them in their voyage.
This is perhaps the most important technology that has graced our planet. Can you imagine living
without the internet? You probably won’t be reading this without the internet. Internet governs our
lives, jobs, and even our entertainment.
Escape rooms have evolved with the internet as well. The most prominent shift in trend has been the
emergence of Digital or virtual escape rooms. These escape rooms can be played from anywhere and
require a good internet connection.
No longer do we have to travel miles and miles for an escape room and in conditions of lockdown or
quarantine, digital escape rooms are perhaps one of the greatest routes taken by escape room
companies to make escape rooms accessible.
The Internet has also made it easier to incorporate other technologies such as automation, tablets,
lights, and even cameras to be seamlessly merged into one smooth experience.
4. Advanced Locking systems
Locks are a staple of every escape room. You can find locks being utilized in one way or the other in
and escape. Due to their versatile nature, locks are exceptional tools for creating puzzles, hurdles, and
Due to security reasons, locks have become quite advanced and thus are excellent props in an escape
room. A good lock can not only be the end objective of an escape room, it can be a factor that
differentiates a Newbie and an expert. placement, type, and the story surrounding a lock can be an excellent way to enhance the player experience. Not only do escape rooms use standard padlocks, but magnetic locks, automatic locks,motion-activated locks, and even biometric locks can be used in an escape room.
5. Virtual Reality
One of the most hyped-up technologies of the past decade, VR technology has emerged as one of the
most sought-after technology various companies. The reason is simple as VR tech has enabled us,
Humans, to create a whole environment that tricks our senses and transports us to a fully interactable
virtual environment granting us complete creative freedom. VR has allowed multiple businesses to benefit from its sandbox simulation capabilities to build and destroy virtual worlds with ease. Imagine having to renovate escape rooms every time you wanted to change something. Not only would it require human resources, but it would also be costlier than having a program that lets you do anything you want in a virtual setting.
Not only can VR escape rooms improve immersion, but they also allow creativity and much more
control over the type and kind of puzzles used in an escape room. The difficulty is an
adjustable setting, but you could also launch missiles, fight with zombies and do much more as part
of a VR escape room.
These technologies have impacted the way escape rooms function. One of the most important aspects
of an escape room is its immersion and almost all of the technological advancements above have a
direct and positive impact on immersion. With Time, we would likely witness a lot more developments in the escape room industry, as it becomes more and more technologically advanced. But for the time being, these are the top 5
technological advancements that