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_Smartphone Controls for Virtual Reality

A smartphone is an ideal device for interacting with virtual reality.

I thought I’d see if we could push the technology a little further for a more intuitive and untethered experience.

Brian Chirls, Creative Developer

This tool demonstrates a set of interactions for virtual reality using a mobile phone’s browser.

To use a smartphone as a controller: Scan (or right-click and copy) the QR code for a link to open in a mobile version of Chrome or Firefox. Touch and drag in any direction to move around the space. You will move in whatever direction you’re dragging, taking into account the direction the device is pointing. You can shake the phone quickly to turn around 180 degrees.

For use with Oculus Rift: Load this site in a WebVR build of either Firefox or Chrome. When the Rift is connected, hit the “Enter” key or click the “VR” button to enter full-screen VR mode. Hit “Escape” to exit VR.

Project at a Glance :

Company : POV
Year : 2014
Proprietary or Open-source : Open-source
Skill levels : JavaScript,WebGL
Costs : MIT License
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