Sailing in mixed reality
Mixed reality is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations, where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.
The mixed reality headsets and glasses transform the model yachting into an outdoor video game. They open new scenarios to sail alone, together or in teams, on adapted tracks to all water bodies ; mixing real sailing yachts steered by skippers (the players) with virtual ones drive by an artificial intelligence (bots) subject to the same wind conditions.
Opposite photo, upcycled Microsoft Hololens development headset
The yacht steering is controlled from an Android or Apple smartphone through our mobile application. The smartphone allow the setting and arbitration of the games, access to skippers account, sign in and planning of regattas, online leader board, weather and other functionalities from the website : The Battle Yacht Club.
While sailing, the screen display the navigation data of the inertial unit, distance between skippers and their yacht, quality of the wifi signal, battery level… The steering ergonomy can be upgraded with a gamepad or an Xbox one controller fit in our smartphone support accessory.
Capture the flag
Each game lasts about 15 minutes and is played with a maximum of 12 competitors (real or virtual), sailing alone or in teams. The rules of racing have been simplified, the only one to know is: Priority on the right. To spice up the parties, the sailboats are equipped with a small electric thruster as a boost or brake, depending on the events and the game mode chosen. It energizes the games and allows to navigate in low winds condition.
The game modes and victory conditions are the following :
Combat race: Score a maximum of points by finishing the race as fast as possible while torpedoing your competitors
Capture the flag : Get the ennemy flag back to your base to score the most points and win
Classic regatta : Finish first the course
Salves of lined guns
Shoot a salve of shells on port or starboard
Shoot a lighting inverting the steering and freezing all weapons of all enemies for a short time
Abruptly brake all enemies by anchoring them (reverse rotation of their propeller)
Shoot an auto-guided torpedo in front of you
Create a destructive and protective shockwave
Shows every enemies current weapon and allow to steal one of them
Allow the navigation by electric propeller for a short time
Drop a magnetic mine behind the yacht
In battle race : erase the next buoy to shorten the race
Shoot explosive shots at short range to either port / starbord
Shoot an auto-guided missile on a determined target
Protect the launcher and his close allies during a short period of time
A new vision for computing, built on a history of innovation
HoloLens 2 offer the most comfortable and immersive mixed reality experience currently available,
enhanced by reliability, security and constant evolution of cloud services and Microsoft AI.
Wireless Xbox controller
Our game in mixed reality and its connectivity principle have been the subject of a patent extended internationally.
This network architecture is adaptable to other markets, exclusively licensed by DWS.