European companies including REWIND and Black Marble have been chosen to become part of the Microsoft HoloLens Agency Readiness Partners Programme. Approved partners go through extensive evaluation and training by Microsoft to begin creating mixed reality (MR) applications for the HoloLens.
REWIND is one of six companies that have been approved for the programme, and one of only three UK agencies who are taking part. REWIND has produced virtual reality (VR) and MR content before, including slapstick HTC Vive game Pane in the Glass.
The developer also announced that its working with Red Bull to create a new demo called Flight Deck, which will take players up close and personal into the Red Bull Air Race, to learn the rules and the complex techniques as they fly through the opening race at Abu Dhabi.
Sol Rogers, CEO & Founder of REWIND said: “The HoloLens technology is one of the most exciting inventions since humans discovered fire! We are incredibly proud to be one of three UK companies that made it through the programme. We’re looking forward to innovating in the MR space and taking Flight Deck to the next level. The ambition is for Flight Deck to be experienced across the whole Red Bull Air Race 2017 season – on the ground at races and in the homes of fans. Telemetry data from the position of planes will be used to watch head-to-head battles in the sky in real-time. It’s the future of live sport and we’re thrilled to be part of it.”
Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager, Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences added: “The HoloLens Agency Readiness Partners have all gone through extensive, hands-on training with our team. As part of their commitment, they have delivered real customer solutions for companies around the globe, like Paccar, Lowe’s, Red Bull Air Race, CDM Smith, UK Police Forces, and Alstom. Working with one of our hand-selected HoloLens Agency Readiness Partners is one of the quickest ways to get started with creating mixed reality applications that can transform working with 3D data, bringing new products and information to life, and creating new opportunities for business growth.”
REWIND will be demonstrating the Red Bull Flight Deck demo at Virtual Reality London (VRLO) on 20th March at Picturehouse Central. Further details can be found on REWIND’s official website.
You can watch the trailer for Flight Deck below.
VRFocus will bring you further news on Flight Deck and the HoloLens as it develops.