I wanted to share that I have been a part of a development team at Qbit Technologies, working on a ground breaking project using Hifi.
The University of North Dakota has commissioned to Qbit Technologies, the creation of a simulated oil rig training experience.
I should mention before I go on that this domain is restricted to UND participants and officials and not open to the general public.
Using a model of a real life oil rig we created interactive moving parts that enable a team of workers to carry out a core procedure of every oil rig, The connecting of a new extension drill rod to drill deeper, this connection can happen as many as 300 times until they reach the desired depth.
The virtual experience starts with a tutorial of how to handle objects with the HMD controllers, then teleport to a specific dressing room, put on the required safety equipment, then be teleported to the position on the rig. Each worker then has a list of specific jobs such as grabbing tongs and loosening the pipes and the Driller who operates the crane lifting and kelly spinning operations.
The specific workers are scored all the way thru and a result is given at the end of the training simulation.
The Qbit team (based in Palo Alto) Headed by Mattia Crespi went to North Dakota last week and demonstrated it to the University Technology department involved with oil and gas exploration and drilling.
The team fitted out the new VR space at UND with Vive sensors, with 4 Vive desktop stations and 3 portable backpack rigs, and 7 HMDs with controllers.
I want to thank the development team who did a great job on the tablet and overlays and models. In particular I would like to thank the other developers I worked closely with for the last few months, who coded out the back end, created all the synchronization and scoring system and brought the tablet to life.
All in all it was a challenging and rewarding experience and not without lots of hair pulling times because Hifi is not yet a friendly system to work with, in fact I have to say its tough, she can be unforgiving and unpredictable at times but we tamed the wild beast and she delivered a working model.