British Army use ROVR for Recruitment


WizDish ROVR provides centrepiece of British Army Officer recruitment drive

Full-body immersive experience designed as part of Army’s ‘With Heart. With Mind.’ campaign

London, 18 November 2015: The Army’s recent ‘With heart. With mind.’ university events put students through their virtual paces to give them a taste of what a career as an officer involves. The centrepiece of each event was an innovative full-body virtual reality experience that challenged students to run the legendary Sandhurst obstacle course.

The experience, conceived and crafted by experiential design specialists, Tonic Agency, took the form of a truly immersive offering, where players’ bodies are pushed to the extreme as they move fluidly through, up, over and across obstacles on the course.

Using the Oculus DK2 VR headset together with the WizDish ROVR locomotion platform, the experience transports players into the middle of an Army training team. After a short briefing by one of Sandhurst’s very own Physical Training Instructors, players set off to battle a series of challenges, including a vertigo-inducing walk across a high rope.

The experience is short and intense, blurring the lines between real-life experience and game. Tonic worked together with WizDish and Visualise, a virtual reality filmmaking company, to re-imagine the 360 VR experience to best fit the locomotion system, including a punishing level of activity that had to be maintained in order to complete the course.

No challenge would be complete without a suitable goal to aim for. Successful players are rewarded with entry into a competition that gives them the chance to win a skydiving experience with the Red Devils, the Army’s freefall parachute team.

Julian Williams, MD of WizDish, said: “The armed forces select the very best new technologies so we are very proud they are using our Virtual Reality locomotion platform. The ROVR is a British invention that that transforms VR and is exported globally.”
Atia Irshad at Tonic Agency, comments: “We wanted to make something that provides people with a very real and very powerful taste of Officer training. We worked with ROVR to fuse fitness, challenge and a sense of achievement into a truly unique experience that we believe will capture the attention of young people and work as a key element of the Army’s ‘With Heart. With Mind.’ campaign.”