First person VR lightsaber : the design intent

We’ve helped pioneer first person VR lightsaber control in-Rift with our ScenePlay demo app. This is what happens when you take that vector and extend it towards its logical conclusion: just add photorealistic rendering, VR cinema backplates, AI stormtroopers, laser bolts and explosions… voila.

Consider this advanced pre-viz of the experiences coming down the pipe in the next 3 years. Start practicing up your swordplay skills, and Enjoy.

What’s a lightsaber look like, you might ask? Well, this:

Mark Zuckerberg tests out the new Oculus touch hand controllers as Brendan Iribe observes

Mark Zuckerberg tests out the new Oculus touch hand controllers as Brendan Iribe observes

And this;

Testing out the Sony Move hand controllers paired with the Sony Morpheus VR HMD for the PlayStation 4

Testing out the Sony Move hand controllers & Sony Morpheus VR HMD for the PlayStation 4

Or, if you prefer the dark side, go ahead, play Vader:

We don’t always use hand control at dSky, but when we do… we choose Hydra

Madame Hydra

Yes, Marvel did have video long before the Avengers re-start. Oh, good ole G.I. Joe…

With Hydra, we get to use BOTH our hands in VR,
just like Madame Hydra here…

Keeping it simple... because the best part of the hydras is... you move your hands, and your VR hands... well, they move precisely where they should.

Keeping it simple… because the best part of the hydras is… you move your hands, and your VR hands… well, they move precisely where they should. Buttons not included.

and here are the hydras at play:

 

dynamic audio : wind in your hair

When we design spaces, we want our worlds to be *alive*.

A key component of this sense of vitality is dynamic audio. In a nutshell, dynamic audio is physics-based, player-generative audio signals. The two challenges we are working on are:

1. the sound of the lightsaber as the player swooshes it around them in the environment. buzzzzzzz…. hmmmmm… zap! Obviously, this is dynamic, based on the velocity and acceleration of the ‘blade’.

dsky sceneplay lightsaber ultimate

2. the sound of wind in the player’s hair as they fly high above the city… modulated by airspeed, gusts, and hopefully, near-miss-objects.

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Programming Sound with Pure Data

Solution? Hard work, creative sample bases, and sweet code. I’ve found this awesome resource: Programming Sound with Pure Data, by Tony Hillerson.

 

Can’t wait!

Stay tuned…

 

PS – here’s a little extra on the actual components of the original lightsaber sounds, circa 1977: doppler microphone swinging :)