A project started by mechanical experts Alexis Roseillier and Florian Auté ended in an additively manufactured paddle, grip, and handle for an Oculus Touch regulator. The handle copies the feel of a genuine bat for usage in the VR board tennis game Eleven.
Eleven was then accessible on PC VR but only started on the Oculus Quest last week. Well, the game provides practical physics and settings that resemble the classic ping pong game. The lightweight ping pong orbit also presents the sport a good competitor to simulate in VR. This is as the haptic response offered is less than, state, beating a tennis ball or baseball.
One field that contrasts the most, though is replicating the handle of a real board tennis paddle in VR. An Oculus Touch regulator, or any other VR existing regulator, doesn’t have similar feel, grip, weight, or orientation as an actual board tennis paddle. Therefore, changes to the regulator would be required to cause that to happen.
To handle this issue, Florian Auté started prototyping in January in a manner to incorporate an Oculus Touch regulator with a regular table tennis pole handle. Auté acted on the first prototypes with his lover as they concentrated on linking an Oculus Touch regulator to a present paddle handle.
Auté then enlisted the assistance of colleagues Alexis Roseillier and his partner for their 3D item design expertise and advancement knowledge, and they started work on fresh patterns for a 3D printed handle. Auté and Roseillier both went to the same engineering school in France. However, they reside in separate nations, Germany and the Netherlands. Auté is an Eleven fan but Roseillier didn’t have interest in ping pong at the start of the plan. This is as stated by Auté, but since Roseillier examined their add-on he’s considering obtaining an Oculus Quest.
The end product is an additively manufactured paddle/racket holder that securely holds an Oculus Touch regulator. This all while placing the center of gravity to very closely suit an actual ping pong paddle.
The creators stated that a whole weight is about 167 grams and maintains the buttons of the controller accessible. This is while locked into the additively manufactured mount. However, the weight may vary on the printing material utilized and the kind of ASA battery in the Quest regulator.
The tracking stays stable while in the handle, as Aute says and it may as well be utilized with ping pong shakehand handle where the index finger is put on the rear of the paddle. The user will have to adjust paddle in-game orientation, Eleven submits that kind of customization. This is so that it suits the offset location of the regulator when put in the handle.
They shared the 3D model for the handle and it is accessible for free via Thinigverse. This is an online library where the users may upload the files for 3D models that they have made. It lets others to print and download models through a 3D printer themselves.