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In addition to manufacturing world-class wind turbines, GE Renewable Energy aims to use technology to educate. To this end, the GE Renewables team created interactive life-size games to provide an entertaining digital experience that also promotes renewable energy.
The IT team worked with six different internal groups to develop game designs. Microsoft Kinect was chosen for its ability to utilize hand and arm movements. Two games made their debut at the American Wind Energy Association's WindPower 2012. With the "Build Your Own Wind Farm" gesture wall, users select a landscape and choose among six turbines from GE's product portfolio. Players use arm gestures that resemble spinning wind turbine blades to fuel their wind farm and can see in real time how many homes are powered and how much fuel is saved.
The "Climb Time" wind turbine climbing experience was the backdrop to an evening event for GE employees, suppliers and customers. The game allows players to play the role of a GE wind turbine service technician, simulating climbing the turbine, opening hatches and performing maintenance activities. Both games are on display at GE Renewables' headquarters in Schenectady, NY.