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Virtual Reality Blueprints

By : Charles Palmer, John Williamson
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Virtual Reality Blueprints

By: Charles Palmer, John Williamson

Overview of this book

Are you new to virtual reality? Do you want to create exciting interactive VR applications? There's no need to be daunted by the thought of creating interactive VR applications, it's much easier than you think with this hands-on, project-based guide that will take you through VR development essentials for desktop and mobile-based games and applications. Explore the three top platforms—Cardboard VR, Gear VR, and OculusVR —to design immersive experiences from scratch. You’ll start by understanding the science-fiction roots of virtual reality and then build your first VR experience using Cardboard VR. You'll then delve into user interactions in virtual space for the Google Cardboard then move on to creating a virtual gallery with Gear VR. Then you will learn all about virtual movements, state machines, and spawning while you shoot zombies in the Oculus Rift headset. Next, you'll construct a Carnival Midway, complete with two common games to entertain players. Along the way, you will explore the best practices for VR development, review game design tips, discuss methods for combating motion sickness and identify alternate uses for VR applications
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Primer of best practices

Beyond creating great experiences, the number one goal in VR should be the comfort of the user. Specifically, not making the user feel ill from motion sickness.


In our work, we have found the user interface of the Vive, Oculus, and PSVR to be the most reliable, easiest to train and best suited for fine-tuned gestures and manipulation.

The HoloLens natural input gestures can take a few minutes to learn and the voice recognition, while very reliable, even in noisy conditions, can be tricky due to the nuances of language and the wide ranges of synonyms that exist. Grab/Pinch/Hold/Grasp/Clutch/Seize/Take can all mean the same thing to different users as can Drop/Place/Release/Let Go/Place here. Keeping...