MAX RHEINER presented by Swissnex 


December 2, 2015 - December 5, 2015

Birdly is a virtual reality simulator that explores the experience of a bird in flight. Flying is one of the oldest dreams of humankind. Birdly captures this dream by simulating the experience of being a bird from a first person perspective. Unlike a common flight simulator you do not control the machine with joysticks, a mouse or thousands of buttons: you intuitively embody a bird. Through the use of sensory-motor coupling, the participant can navigate the surrounding world by flapping his or her arms just as a bird would flap its wings. 


The experience is visualized through Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, which embeds the participant in a virtual landscape where the user’s body is the body of a bird. The whole scenery is perceived as though the user were a bird in flight. To intensify the embodiment, additional sonic and wind feedback are included so the user hears only the roaring of the wind and the flaps of the wings. According to the speed of the bird, the simulator regulates the headwind from a fan mounted in front of the user.

Birdly’s intuitive approach to flying, its full body immersion and the unique combination of custom Hard- and Software are unprecedented until this day. Birdly is nominated by countless fans and Virtual Reality and Entertainment experts to be among the best and most exciting VR applications worldwide. "We strap on an Oculus Development Kit and mount Birdly, a full-motion virtual reality rig that simulates flying. It's one of the most awesome and intuitive VR experiences we've ever had, and we chat with Birdly's creators to learn how it works."

About swissnex Boston

swissnex Boston is an organization whose mission is to connect Switzerland and North America through science, education, art and innovation. swissnex Boston facilitates the promotion of such innovation when art, science and technology collide. Traveling exhibits on day-lighting, typography and industrially designed solar cells among myriad other Swiss conceptions, acquire a platform from swissnex Boston on which they can reach new audiences. Over the past months, Birdly has fascinated audiences all over North America: after San Francisco, Vancouver, Montréal, Washington D.C. and New York, swissnex Boston is thrilled to bring this unique multisensory experience to the local audience. For more information, please visit or follow @swissnexBoston on Twitter and Instagram.