Developer: Wildlife LA
Created: March 30, 2017
Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

This virtual reality app requires the use of an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, a mounted Leap Motion Controller (using the VR Developer Mount or unofficial alternative), and the Leap Motion Orion software. It has not been tested on the latest V4 beta.

Wildlife teamed up with Saatchi & Saatchi LA to create the Chisel A Bronze Bust VR experience installation at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.

The team embedded Oculus Rift headsets with Leap Motion VR, allowing anyone to reach into virtual reality with their bare hands. Through the use of Leap Motion sensors they tracked users’ hands and fingers on the fly, which meant they could challenge users to create their very own bronze Hall of Fame busts inside the virtual Fantasy Football Hall of Fame. Players could pick from a smorgasbord of virtual hammers and tools to start swinging away and attempt to craft their own bronze busts to earn their place alongside the real fantasy players who have been inducted before them.

They quickly found out whether or not they had the magic sculptor’s touch while the crowd watched on linked monitor displays.

The experience is powered by the Unity engine for powerful real-time 3D rendering and gameplay. Leap Motion VR’s Orion SDK was paired with custom gesture recognition to guide users through the less familiar, but highly intuitive process of interacting directly with their own two hands.

With this after-market extension to the Oculus Rift, the team was able to peel back another hurdle to VR immersion and show fans a glimmer of where the technology is headed.