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March 28, 2015 AT 3:00 am

Open Source Virtual Reality teaming up with universities to explore VR potential

Open Source Virtual Reality is attempting to create a hardware platform where “all aspects of [VR gaming] — input devices, games, and output — are unified…” OSVR wants everyone to be experimenting with every possible angle of VR, and to this end they are sending to development kits to a bunch of top universities. They want them all experimenting for untapped potential.

“The technologies that drive virtual reality are changing quickly, and a standardized platform like OSVR enables technology to adapt to that shift more quickly than ever before,” said Aaron Westre from the Virtual Reality Design Lab at the University of Minnesota. “We need to integrate new hardware devices and software techniques as soon as they’re available. The modular architecture of OSVR offers us an efficient platform to increase our agility and invent new VR experiences for users.”

Already we have seen Leap Motion being used to add hand tracking to OSVR, but with a bunch of different universities from from around the world working with the dev kits, there will hopefully be a lot of novel additions to the OSVR ecosystem.

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