Leap Motion Hand Tracking Integrated with Oculus Rift
Punching sharks sounds fun, doesn’t it? Shark Punch, a game by Chaotic Moon, invites all the virtual reality fans out there to have a good fist fight with the sharks and have a great underwater adventure. The game has incorporated a visor mounted Leap Motion controller on to an Oculus Rift prototype that will allow users to actually punch the sharks in virtual reality.
During the game, users will be in the ocean whirling and watching out for the sharks. When any shark comes across the player, there are two options. Either the user gets eaten by the shark or they decide to knock it out with their bare knuckles. If the user strikes accurately in time, the approaching shark will explode into a bloody mess. However, if the users miss the blow, they will die. When the shark is moving towards the player, the alarm turns on to warn the users. As the game progresses, multiple sharks from every angle will try to attack you. The user is in the bottom of the ocean surrounded by rocky cliffs and coral reefs.
According to the reviews, the game is a bit rough around the edges. In order to strike the shark, the users have to hold their hands a bit higher than normal for Leap Motion controller to actually detect them. Also, in the promo video, the hands were seen to be floating a bit unusually in the center of the screen. However, the shortcomings are temporary and go away when the fist comes in contact with the shark creating an explosion that can be compared to the final scene of Jaws.
The game was developed by Chaotic Moon to exhibit the results of Leap Motion controller integrated with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Unfortunately, Shark Punch will not be available as a commercial product anytime soon. The settings are complicated as the Oculus Rift needs to be connected to the computer via a wire that will certainly make spinning around the room quite problematic. The fans can only hope that by the time Oculus Rift is commercially available, this project may have inspired some game developers to design an improved and proper version of Shark Punch 3D.
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