A mission developed by mechanical engineers Florian Auté and Alexis Roseillier resulted in a 3D printed paddle, grip and holder for an Oculus Contact controller.
The grip replicates the texture of an actual racket to be used within the VR desk tennis recreation Eleven.
Eleven was already accessible on PC VR however simply launched on the Oculus Quest final week. The sport provides lifelike physics and environments that simulate the basic recreation of ping pong. The intense gentle weight of a ping pong ball additionally makes the game a superb candidate to copy in VR, because the haptic suggestions offered is way lower than, say, hitting a baseball or tennis ball.
One space that differs probably the most, although, is replicating the grip of an actual desk tennis paddle in VR. An Oculus Contact controller, or every other VR present controller, doesn’t have the identical grip, really feel, orientation or weight as an actual desk tennis paddle. So modifications to the controller could be wanted to make that occur.
To counter this downside, in January Florian Auté started prototyping a strategy to combine an Oculus Contact controller with a typical desk tennis paddle grip. Auté labored on the preliminary prototypes together with his girlfriend as they targeted on connecting an Oculus Contact controller to an present paddle grip.
Auté then enrolled the assistance of mates Alexis Roseillier and his spouse for his or her 3D product design data and improvement experience, they usually started work on new designs for a 3D printed grip. Roseillier and Auté each studied on the identical engineering college in France however they stay in numerous nations, the Netherlands and Germany. Auté is a fan of Eleven however Roseillier was not taken with desk tennis at first of the mission, based on Auté, however now that Roseillier tried their add-on he’s considering of getting an Oculus Quest.
The ultimate result’s a 3D printed racket/paddle holder that securely holds an Oculus Contact controller, whereas additionally positioning the middle of gravity to extra intently match an actual desk tennis paddle.
In response to the creators the whole weight is round 167 grams (although weight would possibly differ based mostly on the printing materials used and the kind of AA battery within the Quest controller) and retains the controller’s buttons accessible whereas locked into the 3D printed mount. The monitoring stays secure whereas within the grip, based on Auté, and it may also be used with the desk tennis shakehand grip, the place your index finger is positioned on the again of the paddle.
The person might want to regulate the orientation of the paddle in-game — Eleven permits that sort of customization — in order that it matches the offset place of the controller when positioned within the grip. We contacted the builders of Eleven they usually stated they’re planning so as to add a customized preset within the recreation that can simply regulate the orientation of the simulated paddle to work with the grip with out the necessity for guide alignment.
They posted the 3D mannequin for the grip and it’s accessible free on Thinigverse, an internet library the place customers can add the information for 3D fashions they’ve created. This permits others to obtain the information and print the fashions with a 3D printer themselves. You may obtain the grip on the Thingiverse itemizing now with directions included on the web page. It really works with the second technology of Oculus Contact controllers which ship with each the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S headsets. An earlier 3D print was made by totally different creators for the unique Oculus Rift Contact controllers.
Right here’s a video of the brand new accent recorded by the creators and initially posted to Reddit exhibiting the way it works:
The print requires a two M4 screws you must be capable of get at a ironmongery store — one with a ten mm thread size to lock the controller in place — and one other with 35 mm thread size for the hinge.
Areas co-founder Brad Herman owns a 3D printer and provided to ship UploadVR Managing Editor Ian Hamilton two of the prints — one for a proper Oculus Contact controller (identical because the itemizing on Thingiverse) and one other with a mirrored print for the left Oculus Contact controller. Hamilton is left-handed however his relations are right-handed, so with two of the prints he and his household can use two Quests or a Quest and a Rift S to play desk tennis collectively of their front room. The sport makes an attempt to attenuate latency when on the identical Wi-Fi community and Hamilton famous a ping of solely 2 milliseconds when taking part in with the paddle equipment this week regionally. It made for a particularly lifelike recreation of desk tennis with none bodily desk or ball.
Try the footage right here:
All pictures offered by Florian Auté from Thingiverse and Reddit and posted right here with permission. Video rehosted on YouTube with permission from Auté, and the unique may be discovered on Reddit. Managing Editor Ian Hamilton contributed to this put up. Publish up to date on March 6 with video exhibiting matches performed with the paddle equipment.