By Dave Bouressa
The beautiful people behind the Oculus Rift 3D virtual reality gaming experience have added yet another gem to their pot of gold-this time, taking the player to that galaxy far, far away...
Following the training Luke Skywalker is given, the player is given 1-2 lightsabers to fend off blaster fire from oncoming training droids. The video is a demo of the new wireless motion system called the STEM System that works with the Oculus Rift. This is what the makers of the video had to say:
This is one of the first videos in which we show our STEM Pack, which is mounted to the strap of the Oculus Rift DK2 to provide full position and orientation tracking for the user's head. STEM Controllers provide tracking for each hand.
The lightsaber or sword is the true test for a one-to-one motion tracking system in VR, because it requires low latency, and almost perfect tracking of both position and orientation between your physical and your virtual self as you perform swipes, slashes, blocks and counters with the lightsaber. The STEM System and the SixenseVR SDK make this experience possible, and also make it easy for developers to create these types of applications quickly. The experience is a fantasy, but it feels natural because of the near-perfect hand-eye coordination that the SixenseVR SDK provides.
Now all we have to do is wait for scientists to make real lightsabers. Get on it scientists! Quit slacking, there Jedi that are waiting!