A undertaking 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 table tennis recreation Eleven.
Eleven was already obtainable on PC VR however simply launched on the Oculus Quest last week. The sport gives reasonable physics and environments that simulate the traditional recreation of ping pong. The acute mild weight of a ping pong ball additionally makes the game a great 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 probably 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 drawback, in January Florian Auté began prototyping a option to combine an Oculus Contact controller with a normal table tennis paddle grip. Auté labored on the preliminary prototypes along with his girlfriend as they centered on connecting an Oculus Contact controller to an present paddle grip.
Auté then enrolled the assistance of pals Alexis Roseillier and his spouse for his or her 3D product design information and improvement experience, and so they started work on new designs for a 3D printed grip. Roseillier and Auté each studied on the identical engineering college in France however they dwell in numerous international locations, the Netherlands and Germany. Auté is a fan of Eleven however Roseillier was not fascinated about table tennis initially of the undertaking, in response to 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 carefully match an actual table tennis paddle.
In line with the creators the entire weight is round 167 grams (although weight may 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 steady whereas within the grip, in response to Auté, and it may also 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 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 and so they 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 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 information for 3D fashions they’ve created. This permits others to obtain the information 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 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 it is best to be capable of get at a ironmongery shop — one with a 10 mm thread size to lock the controller in place — and one other with 35 mm thread size for the hinge.
Spaces 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 table tennis collectively of their front room. 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 a particularly reasonable recreation of table tennis with none bodily table or ball.
Try the footage right here:
All photographs supplied by Florian Auté from Thingiverse and Reddit and posted right here with permission. Video rehosted on YouTube with permission from Auté, and the unique could be discovered on Reddit. Managing Editor Ian Hamilton contributed to this put up. Put up up to date on March 6 with video exhibiting matches performed with the paddle equipment.