U.S. Army to Test Prospects' Racing Skills in New Augmented-Reality Computer Game
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Army - Race for Strength, the newest element in the interactive, participatory Strength in Action Zone (SIAZ) exhibit at major NASCAR and NHRA races, makes its debut February 11th simultaneously in four locations:
- *Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. during Speed Weeks preceding NASCAR's Daytona 500.
- *Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., as part of festivities surrounding the NHRA's Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals.
- *McCormick Place at the Chicago International Automobile Show.
- *Online via a downloadable version
(http://www.goarmy.com/raceforstrength) which will allow Internet visitors to test their driving ability to accomplish the mission (and compete against their friends).
The game is considered to be one of the first practical uses of augmented reality, a technology which mates real-world activities with computer-generated graphic situations.
"Drivers" use a palm card (received upon registration at a SIAZ or printed during the download process) to control the #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet (through a web cam) as it weaves through a convoy of speeding Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and Stryker AV vehicles.
The card can be turned left and right for steering, tilted forward to accelerate and pulled back to brake. In addition, players can stop playing the game and receive more information about the U.S. Army vehicles with which they share the road
The computer game is another extension of the U.S. Army's continuing effort to showcase its high-tech skills training and the many options and opportunities it offers.
"Many young Americans may not be aware of the wide variety of opportunities available to them in the U.S. Army," said Colonel Derik W. Crotts, Director of Strategic Marketing and Outreach for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "Education, high-tech training and leadership development are just a few of the options available in the Army. The Army provides access to more of these than any other organization. This new computer technology will allow today's youth to experience the diverse elements of the Army, and demonstrate the elite technology and training used to develop our Army Strong Soldiers."