Chair, School of Information Technology Jim Edwards and Mark Mikulec with Hololens
Mikutech and Fanshawe join forces on War Room AR
Inspired by Canada's significant contribution to World War One and the Battle of Vimy Ridge, London-based game development studio Mikutech is partnering with Fanshawe College's School of Information Technology to create an authentic, virtual battlefield experience using cutting-edge technologies.
Mikutech's gaming division, Joydrop, is an official developer for Microsoft's HoloLens - a headset that blends virtual reality (VR) with augmented reality (AR) to form a new medium called mixed reality (MR). To put the technology in perspective, players are already accustomed to VR creating an artificial environment. Now, MR is integrating digital information into the user's own space in real time.
Using the HoloLens headset, Joydrop's new prototype - called War Room AR - enables players to generate terrain and digitally-produced military units onto a battlefield in any room. Simply by using the topography of a sofa, table or other furniture, infinite gameplay configurations are possible.
Assisting research costs, the concept garnered a $25,000 ENGAGE grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Facilitated by Fanshawe's Centre for Research and Innovation, the NSERC-supported phase of the project is now successfully completed and Mikutech is seeking a commercial partner to help complete development of War Room AR.