Here at ROTU we're big fans of the HTC Vive. We've learned a few tricks to streamlining the virtual reality experience, while playing our favorite games after a long days work of developing next level VR content. If you own one, or are thinking about getting a Vive, keep these tips in mind.
1. A clean headset is a happy headset - buy yourself a VR Cover to keep skin and dirt off; they're machine washable 👍 Otherwise, at least keep a stash of baby wipes on hand.
2. Use light/photography stands to mount your base stations - figuring out how to mount the base stations isn't so obvious. You can mount them to your wall, among other methods, but we've found that the stands are conveniently easy to adjust and move.
3. Buy yourself a nice pair of headphones - while the included earbuds aren't that bad, the real fun comes from being fully immersed in the experience. It's really worth upgrading to a pair of headphones with a good soundstage.
4. Make use of Chaperone mode - when this nifty feature is activated the front facing camera is used to create an outline of the objects in your room so you don't bump into them. Choose beginner, intermediate or advanced modes to make the lines subtler and less intrusive. You can turn it off later when you get familiar with your space.
5. Disable Notifications - they might be useful if you're planning on joining someone for a multi-player game, but otherwise you're going to want to enable the Do Not Disturb feature so you can stay fully immersed in your experience.
6. Mirror your audio - if you have friends over, don't leave them out of the fun! There's an option to mirror the audio in your headphones to your speakers, so everyone else can watch what you're doing on your computer screen, and hear it as well.
ROTU’s CEO Jason parks was able to connect with Gabe Paez, CEO and co-founder of The Wild, A cloud-based, real-time collaboration platform for designers to create and share immersive experiences. The interview includes:
A brief overview of The Wild • Creating shared spaces with agency • How an interest in Lucid dreams led Gabe to create The Wild • Supported formats for models you can import into The Wild • Focusing on experience designers and creating virtual spaces with their use in mind • How can a company interact with and use The Wild? • From a plane to my office, how and where people can connect to The Wild? • Who is using The Wild now and for what purpose? • How does the wild support partners and new users? • https://thewild.com/