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July 3, 2015
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Video: Software maker develops virtual reality fireworks app
Firework Factory VR is a virtual reality app that requires a Leap hand-tracking motion sensor and is compatible with the Oculus Rift, a VR head-mounted display. Courtesy Aesthetic Interactive

A software maker has developed a virtual reality experience for creating, controlling and watching fireworks.

The app is called Firework Factory VR, and it comes from Aesthetic Interactive in Grand Rapids.

The app allows users to build and customize fireworks, as well as watch them from multiple angles through a virtual environment.

Users can control the shape, size and color of fireworks and the “speed of time” in the app, moving firework displays forward or backward and controlling the speed of explosions.

The app employs a holographic menu interface that users can engage with by using the Leap Motion Controller, a hand-tracking motion sensor.

The “most immersive and natural” VR experiences avoid using traditional input devices, such as mice, joysticks and keyboards, according to Zach Kinstner, founder, Aesthetic Interactive.

Kinstner said a user's hands are the input device for Firework Factory VR.

"It's such a powerful feeling to reach out and control time itself," Kinstner said.

Firework Factory VR is built on a Windows platform and is compatible with the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display.

A free demo version of the app is availble online at the Leap Motion Developer Portal.

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