Engineers design 3D-printed table tennis paddles for Oculus Touch controllers

A challenge developed by mechanical engineers Florian Auté and Alexis Roseillier resulted in a 3D-printed paddle, grip, and holder for an Oculus Touch controller. The grip replicates the texture of an actual racket to be used within the VR table tennis sport Eleven.

Eleven was already obtainable on PC VR however simply launched on the Oculus Quest last week. The sport provides reasonable physics and environments that simulate the traditional sport of ping pong. The intense gentle weight of a ping pong ball additionally makes the game an excellent candidate to copy in VR, because the haptic suggestions supplied is way lower than, say, hitting a baseball or tennis ball.

One space that differs essentially the most, although, is replicating the grip of an actual table 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 table tennis paddle. So modifications to the controller can be wanted to make that occur.

To counter this downside, in January Florian Auté began prototyping a technique to combine an Oculus Contact controller with an ordinary table tennis paddle grip. Auté labored on the preliminary prototypes together with his girlfriend as they targeted on connecting an Oculus Contact controller to an current paddle grip.

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Auté then enrolled the assistance of associates Alexis Roseillier and his spouse for his or her 3D product design information and growth experience, they usually started work on new designs for a 3D printed grip. Roseillier and Auté each studied on the similar engineering college in France however they reside in numerous nations, the Netherlands and Germany. Auté is a fan of Eleven however Roseillier was not eager about table tennis at first of the challenge, in accordance with Auté, however now that Roseillier tried their add-on he’s pondering 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 carefully match an actual table tennis paddle.

Above: The development of the table tennis paddle.

Picture Credit score: Florian Auté

Based on the creators the full weight is round 167 grams (although weight would possibly differ primarily based 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, in accordance with Auté, and it can be used with the table tennis shakehand grip, the place your index finger is positioned on the again of the paddle.

The person might want to alter the orientation of the paddle in-game — Eleven provides that form 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 sport that can simply alter the orientation of the simulated paddle to work with the grip with out the necessity for handbook alignment.

They posted the 3D mannequin for the grip and it’s obtainable free on Thinigverse, a web based library the place customers can add the recordsdata for 3D fashions they’ve created. This enables others to obtain the recordsdata and print the fashions with a 3D printer themselves. You possibly can obtain the grip on the Thingiverse listing 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 completely different creators for the unique Oculus Rift Contact controllers.

The print requires a two M4 screws you must have the ability to get at a ironmongery store — one with a 10 mm thread size to lock the controller in place — and one other with 35 mm thread size for the hinge. Right here’s a video of the brand new accent recorded by the creators and initially posted to Reddit displaying the way it works:

Spaces cofounder Brad Herman owns a 3D printer and supplied to ship UploadVR managing editor Ian Hamilton two of the prints — one for a proper Oculus Contact controller (similar because the itemizing on Thingiverse), and one other with a mirrored print for the left Oculus Contact controller. Hamilton is left-handed, however his members of the family 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 table tennis collectively of their lounge. The sport makes an attempt to reduce latency when on the identical Wi-Fi community and Hamilton famous a ping of solely 2 milliseconds when enjoying with the paddle equipment this week domestically. It made for an especially reasonable sport of table tennis with none bodily table or ball.

All photos supplied by Florian Auté from Thingiverse and Reddit, and UploadVR posted these with  permission. Video rehosted on YouTube with permission from Auté, and the unique will be discovered on Reddit. UploadVR managing editor Ian Hamilton contributed to this submit.

This story initially appeared on Copyright 2020