BRIDGES (A hyBRID (physical-diGital) multi-user Extended reality platform as a stimulus for industry uptake of interactive technologieS) project proposes to bring a holistic solution to the market for (remote and co-located) group interaction in room-scale immersive eXtended Reality (XR) environments that blend the physical and virtual space.
The immersive interactive technologies have the potential to build on Europe’s creativity, skills and cultural diversity, and impact various domains – from manufacturing, engineering and architecture to education, healthcare, the arts, entertainment and culture.
The BRIDGES solution is based on the existing platform Immersive DeckⓇ, which has been researched and developed by one of the BRIDGES research partners (the Technical University of Vienna) and extended by one of the BRIDGES industrial partners (the SME Illusion Walk). Immersive DeckⓇ will be further researched and developed into a turn-key, flexible and scalable product that can find applications in different industries.
The project will carry out extensive and comprehensive studies to validate the proposed solution “in-the-wild”, focusing and piloting on the areas of industrial training and informal learning/edutainment with the real world settings of major international airports in Germany and Greece for firefighters’ training and the experience of informal learning at the Foundation of Hellenic World.
BRIDGES aims to support and boost the pan-European interactive technologies sector by providing replicability recommendations and scale-up guidelines for deploying the resulting XR platform in other domains.
“Bridging” the gap between interactive technologies and industry through the development a holistic, turn-key, low-cost mixed reality platform
Enhancing multi-user interaction by developing a XR setting for a sizable number of users (remote and co-located).
Providing a feature-rich and low cost solution to encourage mapping the virtual world on the build scenarios for limitless potential
Pushing the boundaries of immersive experience by optimising multi-sensorial stimuli by incorporating effects such as wind, heat, smell, vibration, in addition to the visual, auditory and tactile.
Moving towards the “democratisation” of XR by facilitating the integration of own content
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A XR project like BRIDGES is an inherently multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary endeavor as it crosses the spectrum of a broad range of contributing disciplines in which immersive technologies can be applied to.
The BRIDGES consortium reflects this interdisciplinarity combining industry participants (SMEs and larger organisations) with expertise in content creation, software development and integration members, academic partners with technical and human-computer interaction expertise, end-user organisations providing user requirements and market needs (e.g. airport staff, security and others, teenagers, families, and other museum visitors).
The variety and richness of the participants’ backgrounds and experience is the strength of our team!
The BRIDGES platform will be designed and developed with the aim to be adopted in many different settings and various domains.
To showcase the applicability of the BRIDGES platform, the project will extensively pilot the proposed solution designing two scenarios by adopting an iterative, experience-oriented and user-centred approach which aims at ensuring that its users’ needs are perfectly addressed, thus maximising the acceptance of this highly innovative system and its potential for the use in practical situations.
The applications in the areas of industrial training and informal learning / edutainment will be settled and investigated to deploy the platform in real world conditions.
BRIDGES is an ecosystem that takes full advantage of the technological advancements in the field of XR to lay the foundation for a ground-breaking approach for competitive and sustainable interactive technologies.