A Team consisting of Virtual Reality and Game Design students started a project aimed at bringing the field of archery to the digital world. They worked on creating a medieval themed virtual bow shooting experience using real space trackers and oculus rift to create a cutting edge immersive experience.
The project originated from a vision to create a virtual archery experience and trying to achieve as much as an immersive experience as possible. This would be built around the concept of freedom, getting rid of everything constricting and giving the user complete freedom to move around and be immersed inside the simulation. A lot of Virtual Reality hardware today is still using a lot of wires because of the unreliability of wireless technology. We took the leap and created a wireless Oculus Rift to increase freedom and immersion.
We wanted to give the user freedom of movement and have the user move around unobstructed from any physical or technological limitations. Combined with the wireless Oculus Rift we worked towards implementing a tracking solution giving us the ability to track up to a 100m2. Another challenge was getting the physics within the game to correspond with the real world to even give experienced archers a familiar experience.
We have only scratched the surface of what is possible with the technology. It can be used to train experienced archers in the comfort of their own home or be used to get more youth into archery and sports. The athletes performance could be closely monitored giving him useful feedback to improve on his technique. These are just a few of the many possibilities and we have created a tool which can be used in many different field. We have only scratched the surface.
We deserve to win because we set out to bring the world of archery to the digital world and created a truly immersive gaming experience combining technology like it has never been used before. We gave the user complete freedom of movement using real space trackers and a wireless oculus rift making him able to move around and look around just like the real world. Combining this with an actual modified compound bow gives an experience like nothing you have ever seen before.