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I was wondering if there were any developments on peripherals to go along with the Rift or other HMD’s. Such as custom controllers, chairs, sound systems, or even room systems. Seeing that stuff being made along with virtual reality system always makes me that much more excited for the immersive possibilities of VR.
We’ll have a video online very soon you maybe interested in @James. Watch the skies .. or at the very least the front page :)
The Razer Hydra works very well as a VR input device. It doesn’t simulate finger movements, but it can give you hand positioning and then you can use a button to pick up items. The tacking is 1:1 and works even better than I had previously imagined. The next step up would be removing the button in place of a hand clenching gesture which would be even more natural. Although the Hydra controllers also have thumbsticks and buttons on them so that you have many different controls. Still I think it’d be easy to modify the Hydra to have a squeeze function, that is essentially a button press, which could be used for grasping while retaining all of the buttons and thumbsticks.
I think that we all know it’s only a matter of time before this: http://kotaku.com/5982725/a-penis+powered-controller-that-looks-familiar gets a cross-brand VR promo.
Thanks, Japan. Thapan.
Yeah, I’m not even gonna ask how you found that Matt! I do love the slightly guarded reporting on it from Kotaku though. “We’re a family site dontcha know!” ;)
Preparing to build a motion chair with integrated custom hotas and Leap Motion to go with the Rift. I’ve actually bought and/or pre-ordered most of the components I need for it. Want to have it ready for the alpha/beta of Star Citizen. There might be a dip in my productivity around that time ;)
Don’t know if it works well:
The Omni is simultaneously one of the dumbest looking yet awesome devices out there.
On the upside, you only look dumb in it from a Real Reality standpoint ;)
There’s no getting away from the fact that you’re essentially wearing a mechanical nappy* though!
* Diaper for our US friends
Doesn’t look dumb anymore – you guys seen the new black & green paint job? It’s just as well it comes with a nappy because Ohmygodijustlostcontrolofallmybodilyfunctions >.<
Hey guys. I had an idea for a peripheral. My idea is something akin to a wobble board that was balanced upon a gyroscope. Basically a disc that you stand/balance that can freely spin, and that fed data back into the game via a gyroscope. The games that I imagine this working on are “magic carpet” or “surfing” games. If you tilted the wobble board forward your “magic carpet” would tilt forward. Imagine playing a game where you were the Green Goblin, flying over New York City and throwing bombs with a Razer hydra or PS move type device. Or a surfing simulator. For additional fun you could make the wobble board have force feedback. Imagine if you were playing a snowboard simulator and when you landed a jump the wobble board device would vibrate really hard.
Well i’ll be damned. Someone has already built it and it looks like it works great!
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