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Reel FX Partners with US Air Force for ‘Performance Lab’ VR Title

Back in September 2014 digital effects studio Reel FX revealed a new division of its company entirely dedicated to work in virtual reality (VR). The team, simply named Reel FX VR, has since been working on a number of VR experiences, including one for the larger company’s popular movie, The Book of Life. This week the studio has announced a partnership with the US Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) to work on ‘Air Force Performance Lab’ a new VR experience that is currently out on tour around the country.


The Air Force Performance Lab consists of a number of elements, one of which uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This is a real-time flight simulator in which users can pilot a fighter jet through a course, using throttle and stick controls to steer. Players will be judged on both speed and accuracy and the simulation uses haptic feedback in order to immerse them in the environment.

The tour also features a pull-up bar challenge using the Kinect 2.0 camera in which participants compete against real airmen, a cognitive skill analysis using a touchscreen for multi-gesture challenges, and an exploratory career room that uses a custom app for iPads.

“We were thrilled to work with both GSD&M and The U.S. Air Force on this one of a kind immersive recruiting tour,” notes Reel FX Head of Interactive, Dan Ferguson. “The breadth of content and the variety of experiences that potential Airmen can interact with gives them real insight into various career options available. Creating VR and interactive content that could meet the exact standards of the USAF and challenge civilians was quite an undertaking, but we think that the result is something totally unique.”

VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR experience, reporting back with the latest on them.

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