While I’m putting together the prototype I thought I would share some of the potential details.
This can easily be used on both hands, although dominant hand for weapons/world manipulation and left hand for movement and utility would be perhaps more practical.
Full dominant arm tracking in six degrees of freedom.
Full finger and hand tracking, sub millimetre. 6DOF. No glove, no moving parts.
Analogue joystick for off hand, two buttons. 3DOF gyro included.
Extra utility buttons available.
Buildable with a 3D printer in a couple of hours, at the moment I’m on 4 printed parts. Assembly should be under an hour.
I will probably release it under a non commercial open source licence, on github, software and hardware, which gives me the option of kickstarting the hardware for people without 3d Printers.
All the electronics are readily available and available now, I will start figuring out the software side if people show some enthusiasm.
Total cost (without the 3D printed parts) : Under $50 (about $40 is doable if you find the right auctions).
I’m sure a few clever people can figure out what I’m doing 🙂
Remember, Palmer didn’t technically invent anything with the Rift, he put together existing hardware, added some code and reinvented the world. This is the same (on a lesser scale), finger/hand/arm/weapon tracking in 6DOF for $40? What’s not to like?
I’ll post some pictures and a video soon.