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Virtual Hoverboard Using Oculus Rift, Wii Balance Board, and Kinect

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This is one step closer to the Hoverboard we seen long ago in Back To The Future, But this looks more fun!

Oculus Rift virtual reality lends itself well to elaborate custom hardware, and that extends to novel combinations of existing peripherals. It also lends itself to living out cinematic fantasies, like Marty McFly’s hoverboard chase sequence. And thus, advertising and design studio Quince has hacked together a Kinect, Wii Balance Board, and Oculus Rift to provide the three necessary elements of a hoverboard game: your body, the board, and a world to hover in. At least one other person has hit on the idea of using the Wii Balance Board as a hovercraft, and both projects are essentially proofs of concept.

The difference with this one is the Kinect tracking, which maps your body onto a simple in-game replica that’s supposed to move when you do, providing the sense of actually shifting and turning to direct the board. Source


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