We just received our Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2) head-mounted-display and are thrilled to report our experiences with it.
The DK2 comes bundled with an infrared webcam that tracks the Rift’s position (and most likely helps to correct yaw drift in orientation as well). My first question upon unboxing DK2 was “Where the infrared LEDs at??”
So I pointed Kinect 2’s infrared camera at it, and took the below picture:
It seems that the LEDs are below the Rift’s exterior, which is made of (special?) plastic that lets through IR spectrum but absorbs visible light, hiding the nasty insides.
DK2 demo experiences
After solving the LED mystery, we tried the following demos:
- Oculus demo scene (comes with the Oculus Configuration Utility)
- Cyber Space
- Chilling Space
- Horse World Online 🙂
Oculus demo scene is best for checking out the tracking and image quality, as the scene is peaceful and its 3D objects are simple and elegant. Cyber Space is a virtual amusement park ride for those of us who want to explore our cyber-sickness limits, Horse World Online is only for the most hard-core horsie fans, and Chilling Space has a calm atmosphere (we didn’t notice how positional tracking was employed though).
DK2 has been out for a relatively short time, and I’m not aware of any killer apps for it yet. Personally I’m looking forward to the DK2 version of the Senza Peso opera.
In many ways Oculus Rift DK2 is superior to DK1: head position tracking is responsive and accurate, which is integral to immersion and minimizing nausea. While the screen door (pixel border) effect is still noticeable, it’s a minor nuisance as there are major improvements in other areas. DK2’s resolution is higher, its OLED-display produces a better color range, and its image is crisp because the motion blur from slow pixel color change times has improved (except for blacks). The tracking latency is still low as it should be, and the low persistence technique really seems to do the trick, considerably reducing cyber-sickness.
That’s it for now, we’ll get back to combining DK2 with Kinect 2! It’s wonderful stuff, keep your eyes on us!