Monthly Archives: August 2014

Positional Tracking Added: 1.2.2.41190 Alpha 2

This alpha release of the CtrlAltStudio Viewer adds positional head tracking support to take advantage of the DK2’s camera. You can look around, over, and under objects by moving your head. This adds significantly to the sense of immersion.

Other changes this release:

  • Added a Ctrl+Spacebar command that zeroes Rift sensor orientation and tracking position.
  • Added user warnings if Rift HMD or camera not found at start up.

Please note that this alpha is still preliminary: it does not work with direct mode, there is no UI display, and Advanced Lighting Model needs to be turned on.

Usage is the same as the previous alpha. With the DK2 configured in extended mode: use the Windows key + right-arrow to move your viewer window onto the Rift’s display, then Ctrl+Alt+3 makes the window full screen and switches into Rift view. For more details on usage, see the Release Notes.

Downloads:

  • Windows installer: 1.2.2.41190 Alpha, 25 Aug 2014.
  • Mac OSX installer: Sorry, no Mac OSX installer this release.

Preliminary Rift DK2 Support: 1.2.2.41183 Alpha

I know some people are very anxious to try their DK2s in Second Life / OpenSim so I’ve released this alpha with some very preliminary DK2 support.

It works with the DK2 configured in extended mode: use the Windows key + right-arrow to move your viewer window onto the Rift’s display, then Ctrl+Alt+3 makes the window full screen and switches into Rift view.

Have I mentioned that this release is very preliminary? It does not work with direct mode yet as the current Rift SDK 0.4.1 Beta does not work in direct mode with OpenGL. Also, in this alpha, head orientation is tracked but not yet head position. Plus there’s no display of any UI. And Advanced Lighting Model must be turned on. For more details on usage, see the Release Notes.

I haven’t tested this alpha with a DK1 yet but it should in theory work. Note though that the mirrored windows mode used in previous viewer releases for the DK1 is and will not be supported by the new Oculus software.

Downloads:

  • Windows installer: 1.2.2.41183 Alpha, 19 Aug 2014.
  • Mac OSX installer: Sorry, no Mac OSX installer this release.

DK2 Support in the Works for CtrlAltStudio Viewer

A fresh Oculus Rift DK2 in its box

A fresh DK2

I’ve received my Oculus Rift DK2 and am working on updating the CtrlAltStudio Viewer to support it. Unfortunately, it’s not just a recompile; it’s actually a significant amount of work. But it is on its way!

UPDATE, 11 Aug 2014: The Rift SDK 0.4.0 had some show-stopper bugs. SDK 0.4.1 has just been released; I’ll give it a try.

UPDATE, 18 Aug 2014: Rift SDK 0.4.1 still has major problems with OpenGL and Direct mode, which is ultimately what the viewer should use. I’m having a look at doing something extended mode for the interim.