Saab, a global security and security company (and former parent of the car maker of the same name), says it will continue to develop a VR experience designed to demonstrate a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher offered by the company.
Saab is the manufacturer of the Karl-Gustaf rifle (among a variety of other security products), a mobile anti-aircraft launcher, used by armies around the world.
VR / AR Vobling built the VR model in 2017 to show off the capabilities of launcher Karl Gustaf (M4) and also serve as the main attraction of Saab's presence at the London International Security and Security Conference that year.
The company uses HTC VIVE's virtual reality goggles, Vobling outfitted Carl Gustav launcher with Vive Tracker to allow the weapons to be introduced into the virtual reality world as well. The weapon is so real that it allows users to experience the actual weight, shape, and feel of the launcher, to the point of firearm firing. The experience does not try to offer haptics for firearms, but it does show how to fire at targets, and use a variety of projectiles (designed for different types of targets).
Now Vobling has announced that Saab has chosen to continue to develop the experience which is now a "key component" of the Saab HQ showroom located in Stockhold.
"Our experience has been popular and now we intend to improve and extend the functionality of the device to further increase realism and build on a number of scenarios available to our guests," says Patrick Mollbrink, Marketing Communications Manager at Saab.
The extended experience is designed with the higher resolution of the Vive Pro as well as the Varjo virtual reality glasses which features a central display with a high enough resolution that it can drastically enhance the experience of looking through the virtual scope of the distant target aimed launcher. The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter.
It is still unclear whether Saab plans to build the experience into something that could be used for actual combat training, but Wobling says the current experience gives users a "realistic training scenario," so it certainly makes sense for the future of the project.