I wanted to originally get matting or floor sheeting printed with imagery from the VR piece but it became increasingly costly and impractical. So I decided to go with gravel instead. I won’t have to transport it to London, I can get x2 bags of stones/gravel on the other side.
The problem is that maybe an uneven floor space would not work with the HTC Vive’s base stations. I have done an experiment this morning and it seems to work fine, fingers crossed.
I placed a few 3D prints on the gravel and this seemed to disrupt the sensors, so will have to work out a way to display them outside the sensor range.
Also I like the idea that the person immersed will know by the crunch underneath not to move off the gravel.
Note to Self:
- Gravel is usually wet/moist when in a 25kg builders bag, so it has to be dried out on newspaper for about 24 hours.
I finally got my hands on a decent HMD, I got to borrow a HTC Vive with x2 controllers and x2 base stations off a video editor colleague. A shame I didn’t get my hands on it a few months back but, c’est la vie.
I installed Steam and SteamVR, bought the Tilt Brush app and have been painting and sculpting in the void the last few days.
There are a lot of cheesy brushes in Tilt Brush, but there a handful of really nice ones, so the potential is huge.
Note to Self:
- You can also export any 3D object created in Tilt brush as an .fbx for use in Unity. It seems to strip off any materials though.
- You can also import 3D objects but seems to be one at a time only.
- The novelty of ‘light sculpting’ soon wears off, but a great tool as it continues to evolve.
I got an opportunity to try out the ‘Tilt Brush’, a room scale VR 3D drawing app. We had a HTC Vive set up and got to basically paint life size 3D brush strokes. Two hand-held controllers are used to manipulate the palettes and brush.
Two base stations are positioned on either side of the designated ‘paint area’. It was fairly amazing to be immersed in the environment and paint in real time, and be able to record, import other 3D objects and walk through what you had just made.
Microsoft’s Hololens is is the first self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you. You get to experience Mixed Reality by wearing the Hololens headset. Whilst wearing the lens the holograms are superimposed into what environment you are in and controlled by subtle hand gestures.
Note to Self:
- The Tilt-Brush was great, the only thing being is that the aesthetic it creates is very obviously ‘created by a Tilt Brush‘! If one can get away from this, it is an amazing tool.
- I was a bit disappointed by the Hololens, I found the hand gestures a bit clunky. I’m sure version 2.0 will be better.