BSD at Skills Canada

This past weekend was Skills Canada, a large competition and trade show where tradespeople compete in their trade. Not only is this competition an impressive collection of trades, but it is also a gathering place for innovation in the fields as well as people who make decisions at their organizations.

Skills Canada was a particularly good convention for Bit Space because not only did we have a client in the main trade show floor where we were demonstrating our technology, we had 2 additional booths showing our tech. We were very proud to have so much of our work on display for thousands of kids, competitors, and tradespeople.

The photo above shows Erick Tran of Bit Space Development sitting with Carol Paul, executive director of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council sharing our work at the competition.

The Applications

We had several applications being displayed at the competition. These experiences ranged from GearVR, Hololense, Oculus, and Google Cardboard applications.

Red River College

On the main floor alongside the networking and programming competitors, you were able to try the Red River College VR tour created in our lab. The booth used the Oculus CV1 to send you to the Princess Street campus of the college to explore the ACE department.

The application is designed to give international students a taste of the school they may be studying at before flying halfway around the world to experience it. Learn more on our website.

Manitoba Construction Sector Council

On the second floor at the MCSC booth, you were able to try 2 applications.

Framer

Developed for the GearVR, students were able to explore a real job site where a house was being built. Experience the different stages of development and gain valuable knowledge. Learn more on our website.

The application was also being displayed on the PC for users who did not want to wear the HMD.

Roadbuilder Safety (RSTS)

One of our more complex titles, developed through funding provided by the WCB of Manitoba‘s innovation program and guided by the professional knowledge at the MCSC and the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association. RSTS is a game designed for the GearVR that has you explore 16 modules and teach you the different aspects of road building. Learn more on our website.

Interactive hotspots and integrated quizzes drive this experience.

IBEW / UA Canada

On the third floor right beside the cranes, trucks, and mechanics you were able to experience one of our pilot applications for the IBEW, MCSC, and WCB. This application like RSTS uses 360-degree photography and interactive hotspots to drive a learning experience about slips, trips, and falls.

This application is the first in a series of safety games. Learn more on our website here.

Prototypes

Throughout the show at various booths, you were able to try one of our Hololens prototypes. We used augmented reality to place a holographic excavator on the tradeshow floor with you. This video shows you a taste for what is possible.

This demo application was last shown alongside Microsoft at the Web Summit 2016 conference in Lisbon Portugal.

Reception

We received a lot of really positive feedback on the applications. Because of our locations on all 3 floors we were able to gain the maximum amount of eyes on our products. A lot of people at Skills Canada were trying VR for the first time, which is really encouraging to us to be able to give these users a good first experience in a new medium.

If you want to know more about our products, frameworks, and previous work you can find at on our website.