Experience the Large Hadron Collider With an Oculus Rift
Collider is a motion-controlled interactive audiovisual experience that lets gamers enjoy in a truly immersive environment through a fusion of music and virtual reality. The experience is created by an indie gaming studio named Funktronic Labs.
The studio is known for various apps such as Kyoto and Lotus apps. Collider utilizes Leap Motion and supports Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 head mounted display (HMD). Collider is based on The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). In the unique experience of Collider, you will be put in the place of a particle as it speeds up through the supercollider and bends space and time. There are synth sounds and generative visuals that allow you to contort your face via your hands. Although Oculus Rift is not essential for the experience but if you have one then hurry up and put it on!
The audiovisual experience took only 3 weeks to be designed. For its development, the founder of Funktronic Labs, Eddie Lee, joined forces with Baiyon, a renowned DJ and award winning Japanese multimedia artist from Kyoto. Some of the noteowrthy features pf Collider include Oculus Rift VR support (DK1 and DK2) with Leap Motion VR mount, generative visuals, Supergalatic dynamic sounds by Baiyon and outstanding 3D motions and gesture controls through Leap Motion Controller. Collider can currently be downloaded for free from Leap Motion App Store. Requirements include Windows 7 and onward, Intel i3 2 GHz or Greater CPU, 2 GB RAM, 100 MB free disk space and 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card.
Collider takes you on a surreal and beautiful voyage through a mind bending spiral of lights and sounds. The experience was inspired by Large Hadron Collider and its imagery. Eddie Lee stated in an interview that when they took a look at other Oculus Rift demos, the sensation of traveling through objects was found to be the interesting visually. He said that they wanted to observe how it would feel like to be traveling through something, like a tunnel, and then they discovered pictures of the LHC. The vanishing point is extremely beautiful and intriguing which encouraged them to go down that route.