Taking the Oculus Rift to Industry

After I had a first view at the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Google I decided to get an own one to develop something based on that technology.

But what? And more critical: when?

My Idea was to build up a system which is capable of "porting" the user to another location.
The system consists out of the Oculus Rift, a PC and a camera system which is capable of following the the users head movement.
During the semester break I started working with the Oculus SDK and implemented the basic functionality but then was stuck to a lack of time.

Fortunately there is a University Project I can use to get some time for this. Even more fortunate I am completely free what to implement and how to do it.

I teamed up with 2 fellow students and we are currently working on it.

Of course we needed an application for this system and as we also have an industry automation background we decided on an application which is applicable for an industrial environment.

The application is to build an control system for cranes where the operator can stay on ground and controls the crane from a "virtual" reality.

For more informations about this Project, please visit the project page.

For more information about the Oculus Rift visit my equipment page.

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About Thomas Barth

Thomas Barth, born 1986, is a german teaching fellow and Ph.D. student. He studied electrical engineering in Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Helsinki and worked 7 years in industry automation before he switched to embedded systems and microelectronics. To read more about him, click here.