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European Project Launches the World's First Real-Time 'Mixed Reality' Ski Race


A competitive skier.

As part of the 3D LIVE project, a professional skier will race down an actual mountain against two virtual reality gamers.

Credit: Julie Sloan

The European Commission is funding an interactive mixed reality downhill ski race as part of the 3D LIVE project.

The research involves a professional skier racing down a real mountain against two virtual reality gamers. The racers will use a three-dimensional (3D) tele-immersion platform and wear new Oculus Rift virtual reality technology that enables them to compete against each other by racing down the same ski slope at the same time.

"By using advanced sensor and gaming technologies to create and manipulate 3D information in real time, the platform can deliver truly interactive experiences closely linked to real world activities," says University of Southampton researcher Michael Boniface.

The technology could lead to new types of live games that combine digital and real interaction in many different competitive sports, according to Collaborative Engineering in Italy project coordinator Marco Conte. He also notes 3D LIVE Project researchers have developed similar experiences for golf and jogging.

From University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
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