Flight Deck - MR companion for the Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race is without a doubt the fastest and most exciting motorsport on the planet! Racing planes regularly hit 255km per hour traveling through complex courses only 50ft off the ground.
Because of this huge risk factor, only one plane is allowed in the sky at any one time. This means that fans who travel to watch the race essentially see a series of time trials, rather than planes going head-to-head, making it hard to judge the performance of one plane over another. Whilst fans viewing the race at home can see a ghost plane which can be used as a benchmark, arguably giving a better experience.
To combat this, and make the Air Race as accessible as possible, REWIND conceived the idea of ‘Flight Deck’ - an MR experience for Microsoft HoloLens. The experience takes the excitement of the Red Bull Air Race to a whole new level. The user learns the rules of one of the fastest sports in the world, from the Start Gates to how to take a Chicane; watches a live race with TV feeds and witnesses for the first time more than one plane fly head-to-head; plus stands next to a 1:1 scale Edge 540 plane.
As a Microsoft approved developer for HoloLens, the team was able to work closely with both Microsoft and Red Bull to create an immersive experience that would substantially enhance the live-viewing of the sport.