Husqvarna launches virtual reality chainsaw limbing contest

Chainsaw manufacturer Husqvarna has released the first ever virtual reality (VR) chainsaw game, Husqvarna Limberjack, allowing players to test their limbing skills and compete for a world championship title.

Image: Husqvarna
Image: Husqvarna

The company says it hopes to gather insights on how new technology can play a future role in educating and training users on proper product use as well as generate interest for logging.

Lars Strandell, multiple medallist from the bi-annual World Logging Championship, said: "VR limbing combines two extremes, one of the oldest professions in the world together with the newest technology available. Just like limbing in the real world, technique, precision and speed is crucial for productivity and a good result."

Players have to use a Husqvarna 359 chainsaw to remove 24 branches from a 2.7m-long log as accurately and quickly as possible, while competing at home and online against other VR limberjacks around the world.

At the end of each month, Husqvarna will announce the best Limberjack player in the world for the month, and in August 2017, the twelve best Limberjack players will be invited to a the world championships final in Sweden.

Husqvarna Limberjack is inspired by one of the five disciplines from the World Logging Championship, a bi-annual competition that gathers the best 150 best loggers from around the world. The current world record in real limbing is less than 9 seconds.

The game is optimised for HTC Vive , can be downloaded for free on Steam, and is also available via www.limberjackvr.com.


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