Thanks to the hype surrounding the Oculus Rift, a lot of people are experimenting with new options, inventing new gadgets and are looking into new ways of using Virtual Reality.
It seems that I am not the only one who believes that the VR Renaissance is around the corner.
The ultimate goal is of course to be able to completely control an avatar in a virtual surroundings, walk, run, use your hands, look around, etc.
And it has to feel natural and be practical.
For instance, we now have the Virtuix Omni that allows you to make your avatar walk while walking on an omnidirectional treadmill in real life.
But for the moving of hands so far all we’ve depended on the Razer Hydra, two handheld controllers that track the user’s hands in RL and translate that into movement in the virtual world.
More recently the Sixense Stem system got quite a bit of attention with its system, but that still involves having to use controllers.
To me having to hold something that steers your hands isn’t a very good solution.
Well now somebody has done something similar and I think that this is a leap (get it?) forward.
Only yesterday this kickstarter began (and it already reached its goal of course);
Have a look and if you can, help fund it even more then it has already been funded.
Originally designed by a company called Occipital to be the world’s first 3D sensor for mobile devices, it also seems to work rather well for virtual worlds.
Imagine no longer needing a mouse or even a keyboard for your SL adventures!
You simply use your hands like you would in RL to interact with everything.
Perhaps this even solves our communication problem, in stead of taking off your VR headset to see your keyboard, you simply make a gesture and a virtual keyboard will appear on your screen that you can use just like a RL keyboard.
Imagine building that way, actually holding a prim, rotating it with your hands!
Anyway, have a look at this video, it is of course just a bit of experimenting and there is still a long way to go, but it is enough to get excited about.
I think that this is much more interesting than any handheld device.