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This Oculus mod displays your actions in third-person

Friday, 4th July 2014 14:43 GMT By Dave Cook

Oculus Rift is a headset, and by its very nature a first-person device. However, a modder has found a way to display the user’s actions in third-person, a bit like Grand Theft Auto. He’s posted a video of his work online.

It follows news that Oculus is banning Rift sales in China due to “extreme” re-seller issues.

The video below was produced by the team at mepi.pl, and shows how, by rigging Oculus Rift up with a pair of GoPro cameras, users can see themselves in third person through the headset.

The cameras are attached to a pole that pans as you move your head, giving you proper, motion-based viewpoint control as you move.

Check it out, and let us know what you think.

Via CVG.

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2 Comments

  1. TheWulf

    That’s incredibly rad. Really, it is. What we can always use is new perspectives on life, and this is a great one. I like capturing different views of things, myself, just to see how something can look so amazingly different from various angles, with certain plays of light and shadow. So, to me, this is exciting stuff. But I’m a dork.

    Proud to be a dork, at that.

    I imagine that something like this would be so, so confusing considering tactile sensations. Sound and smell can be easily dealt with, but I’ve read that tactile delays and offsets can be really weird. People with phantom limb syndrome can sometimes get that, and while I feel awful for them, it’s a good thing to ponder to garner empathy — I think so, at least. Ever since I started considering that and reading about it, and flexing my imagination, I’ve felt so much more empathy than I did even before.

    Prosthetics are getting better every day, though, so that’s a good thing. But yes, back on point, I imagine the tactile delay/offset would be difficult to cope with. I’d actually love to try that myself, just for that reason.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. redwood

    best use of occulus i have seen to date. totally awesome.

    #2 6 months ago

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