A VR Sandbox for Your Inner Child

This sandbox 2.0 VR installation promises to make test-driving a whole lot more fun. The experience was created as a partnership between Audi Norway, MediaMonks and Oslo-based creative agency POL by combining a physical installation with virtual reality.

Tech Trends VR Tech Audi Test Drive
Tech Trends VR Tech Audi Test Drive

You’re invited to get into a purpose-built sandpit, where you can build a customised track. The real-life sand is then scanned with a depth-sensing camera, which renders it into virtual reality. The size of the jumps and the challenge of the course are all dictated by the sandy self-made chicanes.

Audi: Enter Sandbox TVC from MediaMonks on Vimeo.

The Making of Audi: Enter Sandbox from MediaMonks on Vimeo.

In order to accurately capture every bump and curve, the sand is bombarded with short bursts of infrared light with over 200,000 measure points captured by the infrared camera. This data is then used to create a 3D model that informs the virtual environment. Once in the car, the driver experiences all the tangibility of a real-life drive, from feedback in the steering wheel, to the actual sounds of the vehicle.

Tech Trends VR Tech Audi Test Driving
Tech Trends VR Tech Audi Test Driving

Although the sandbox idea originated in Norway, it is specifically designed to enable easy transportation, and there are plans to take it around the world following the launch phase, so we might get to play in one at some point soon, we can’t wait!

PS. We’re also loving the fact that the video shows a girl in the driving seat.

Originally published at Alice Bonasio.

Technology writer for FastCo, Quartz, The Next Web, Ars Technica, Wired + more. Consultant specializing in VR #MixedReality and Strategic Communications

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