Physical Tools Platform
Using this physical tools platform, a give user can use an Oculus Rift to remotely operate various physical tools. In this particular example, a robotic arm can be controlled by using an Xbox controller to move the the arm in x, y, and z axes.
Using a combination of the Xbox controller and the head-mounted display (HMD), users can remotely operate different tools from the comfort of a remote location.
The video example showcases a robotic arm as one of the many tools that can be used on the other end of remote operation. A number of tools will eventually integrate with this platform and will be interchangeable as needed.
The Oculus Rift was used in this particular example because it allowed us to use a combination of haptics, head & position tracking, and low judder. In the future, this platform with be compatible with other mainstream headsets.
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