Melbourne Studio Creates Tech Demo for Oculus Rift and Kinect 2

“It’s been a real challenge to create a pleasant UX when you’re trying to combine VR with kinetic input.” says Chris Mackenzie, one of the team members responsible for creating the sophisticated body mapping system that underlies Earthlight. “We have to pay close attention to a number of different factors that you don’t normally have to account for in conventional VR projects, particularly proprioception.”
It’s been a real challenge to create a pleasant UX when you’re trying to combine VR with kinetic input.” says Chris Mackenzie, one of the team members responsible for creating the sophisticated body mapping system that underlies Earthlight. “We have to pay close attention to a number of different factors that you don’t normally have to account for in conventional VR projects, particularly proprioception.”

OPAQUE MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPACE EXPLORATION VR GAME EARTHLIGHT

"To make sure that we create an authentic experience, we will be developing Earthlight in collaboration with NASA, with astronauts, and with the people who train and support them," says Norman Wang, Earthlight's project lead.

Earthlight: How Devs Are Working With NASA To Create A Virtual International Space Station

Earthlight: How Devs Are Working With NASA To Create A Virtual International Space Station

As I try to detach a pipe on the virtual International Space Station, which I’ve been scrambling across, I’m suddenly thrown backwards into space. I don’t flinch but apparently most people who play the Earthlight [official site] demo do – it then makes sense to me why one of the team had offered to take pictures of me playing. Earthlight is a virtual reality experience which is aiming to recreate experiences aboard the International Space Station, which sits in low Earth orbit and acts as a research laboratory. The developers are working in collaboration with NASA to shape the experience.

Earthlight lets you experience the wonders and perils of space!

"Have you ever wanted to experience what it was like to be an astronaut? You could spend money on a ‘Vomit Comet‘ ride to simulate the effects of zero gravity for a very few seconds, or you can experience the wonders and perils of space with virtual reality thanks to Earthlight."