Based in Helsinki, Finland, Virtual Air Guitar Company Ltd. Is an independent videogame developer founded by new media, computer vision, and virtual reality researchers. The company designs and develops unique social and “exergames” using their patented FreeMotion® computer vision technology that uses the webcam to replace the traditional game controller. Players literally are the in-game hero presented as themselves rather than an avatar and bolstered with superhuman skills and capabilities. Without the need to memorize complicated button sequences the threshold to entry is lowered significantly, bridging the gap between casual gamers and the hard-core audience. The company’s first title, Kung-Fu Live, is scheduled to launch worldwide in Fall 2010.
Virtual Air Guitar Company’s in-development game Kung-Fu Live (playable on PC and consoles using a webcam) merges adventure with “exergaming.” Fun to watch and easy to play, Kung-Fu Live lets players embark on a journey as a mighty Kung-Fu hero, literally stepping into this beautiful comic book world of martial arts and epic battles – not as an avatar but as YOU! Virtual Air Guitar’s patented FreeMotion® technology lifts the players out of the living room and drops them right into the action, extracting their true-to-life video image from the background and accurately tracking the player’s full body fighting moves.