Wrenching is a lot of things. It’s time consuming. Wholly frustrating at times. Incredibly rewarding at others. It’s also a great way to connect with your car or truck. Now it also has the potential to be virtual. As in virtual reality, because one game developer is looking to bringing wrenching into the VR space.
The above video shows off a prototype called Wrench. Your hands will work in the virtual space to bring a complete car to life. Eventually, the creator says, the idea would be to take the game mechanics at play here and adapt it so that the full game involves diagnosing problems, setting up cars for motorsports, and managing a shop.
From this initial prototype display, this game appears to be moving down a very interesting path. There could be some great uses for this tech, including an adaption by repair manual companies. Imagine this system being used by Haynes. You have all sorts of DLC that exists for various vehicles. You need to know how to work on certain parts of your real life 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280? Download the files, fire up the game, and test out repairs in the virtual space.
We’re going to pay close attention to Wrench as it evolves, and we think you’ll want to do the same.
[Found on Reddit]