Oculus Rift + Kinect = Awesome Real Time 3D Environment
So a dude called "PlayerDuce" on YouTube recently uploaded this video which shows him using the Oculus Rift in conjunction with the Kinect. He uses the Rift's sensor for head rotation, while his Kinect generates a 3D point cloud environment around him. Watch:
I haven't quite wrapped my head around how he does this, but it seems to create a 3D world (abstract though it may be) in real time, displayed around the user. Mr. PlayerDuce sees some interesting applications to this tech:
"The first thing I want to do is integrate it into a video games and demos," he tells me. "There are quite a few games and demos that don't look realistic to me in the Rift, so this will provide a reference point...Another application is telecommunication, although people may prefer 3d avatars over themselves wearing an Oculus Rift." That is likely true in some cases, though I bet you could generate and merge such an avatar into the scene. In any case, I definitely see cool things coming out of this hack.
Hat tip: Oculus' Reddit group, which has interesting comments on this demo.
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