A race pitting a professional skier against two “virtual reality” game console players was broadcast live earlier this month at the Wearable Technologies Conference in Munich, Germany. It was billed by its creators (IT Innovation Center) as the world’s first real-time mixed reality ski race.
Each console skier could see the other two in their virtual reality display and the live skier had an augmented reality headset that projected his virtual competitors as well as virtual start, finish and course markers on top of the World Cup course he was skiing. The key to making this kind of thing possible is establishing a low latency data connection to continuously move status information between the two remote virtual reality skiers (in Greece and Munich) and the live skier (in Austria).
This is yet another excellent example of what our connected future will look like. Check out the video,
it’s pretty cool.