Unreal Gomboc

Spark, one of New Zealand’s biggest telecoms companies, has launched the Spark 5G Race Zone, featuring a Gomboc simulator of the AC75.

For this project, the Gomboc graphics are rendered by the Unreal gaming engine. Buildmedia created the Unreal graphics environment which is driven by Gomboc. Players use a steering wheel and levels to control the helm, foils and rudder rake, which feed into the Gomboc simulation. Every time-step, Gomboc then computes the yacht physics and outputs the boat’s position, orientation and foil configuration to Unreal, which renders the graphics.

We are now building a prototype Unreal project that can work with any Gomboc model. Our long-term goal is to offer an Unreal player so that all our customers can benefit from the enhanced graphics.