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Ever wanted to see the world in third-person? This prototype gives you that chance

Combining an Oculus Rift headset and GoPro cameras, the prototype allows users to see the world from a third-person viewpoint, similar to that in a videogame.
Jul 2nd 2014, 6:28 PM 12,805 8

IF YOU EVER wondered what it would be like to see the world from a third-person perspective, this is the project you’ve been looking for.

Using an Oculus Rift VR headset, and fixing a pair of GoPro cameras to a 3D-printed mount positioned just above and behind the wearer, the device allows you to see yourself and your surroundings from a third-person perspective.

The prototype took two days to create and used 3D printed parts to help create it.

If you want to look around properly, you have a joystick to control the cameras in case you need a different angle, and will probably leave you feeling somewhat disorientated when you start off.

The backpack and device was built by a Polish company called Mepi, which specialises in 3D printing technology.

The team behind it sees more practical uses for this technology, telling that it could open possibilities for industries which would benefit from a third-person perspective.

The project was developed as a submission for Intel’s Make it Wearable competition, which will award $500,000 to the winner in November.


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