Oculus Touch also known as the Half Moon prototype is the first unique Input Device for the Oculus Rift that has been introduced resently. Oculus Touch consist of two mirror-image controllers, one held in each hand. These wireless controllers are motion tracked by the same tracking system that tracks the Rift HMD. Oculus Touch has traditional gamepad controls such as analog stick, buttons and triggers. They are exclusiely available for xbox.
- Hand presence – the sense of your virtual hands are the same as your natural hands. Your hands are tracked with accuracy and low latency.
- Manipulation – precise manipulation of virtual objects. For example, user can pick up a gun, fire it then discard it without having think about it.
- Low mental load – instinctively interact with objects in VR. Use the controllers effortlessly like how you use your real hands in the real world.
- Communicative gestures – hand gestures are detected. Gestures such as pointing, waving and giving the thumbs up are useful for social interactions.
- Transitional inputs – gamepad inputs such as analog stick, buttons and triggers. These time-tested input methods allow traditional gaming experiences to fuse with new VR experiences.
- Lightweight – lightweight and ergonomic, easy to get into and out of. The controller has to be comfortable for long periods of usage.
- Traditional Controls
- Gesture Sensing
One wireless Oculus Touch is held in each hand. 2 Oculus Touch controllers are designed to operate simultaneously. Some of the controller’s features are similar to that of a traditional gamepad.
It has 1 analog stick and 2 buttons on top and 2 triggers, 1 for the index finger located in front and 1 for the middle finger on the side. Additionally, the controller features capacitive sensing.
Every input on the device, besides the side trigger, can sense the user’s touch.
Oculus Touch achieves high precision, low latency, 6DOF tracking through the same Constellation tracking system as the Rift
IR LEDs are placed on the controllers’ bodies and rings, allowing them to be tracked by the same positional tracking sensor that
tracks the HMD.
The LEDs on the outer rings prevent occlusion caused by your hands. In addition to positional tracking, controllers possess built-in IMUs that allow rotational tracking.
The device has a matrix of sensors mounted inside that keep track of your fingers and detect hand gestures.
The only 2 fingers that the controller do not detect are the pinky and the ring finger.
You grip the controller similar to how you shake someone’s hand. Your thumb is placed on top of the controller and handles the analog stick and 2 buttons.
Your index finger is placed in front and is responsible for a trigger there. Your other 3 fingers grip the handle of the controller with your middle finger responsible for a trigger on the side.
When you hold the controller, your hand is in a comfortable natural resting position.
When you grab something or pick something up in VR, you activate the side trigger with your middle finger and grip of your hand becomes tighter.
It simulates the natural motion of grasping an object in real life.
<span style="color:blue">Authored By: Vinit Verma</span>