A undertaking developed by mechanical engineers Florian Auté and Alexis Roseillier resulted in a 3D-printed paddle, grip, and holder for an Oculus Touch controller. The grip replicates the texture of an actual racket to be used within the VR desk tennis sport Eleven.

Eleven was already obtainable on PC VR however simply launched on the Oculus Quest last week. The sport presents life like physics and environments that simulate the basic sport of ping pong. The excessive mild weight of a ping pong ball additionally makes the game a very good candidate to duplicate in VR, because the haptic suggestions offered is way lower than, say, hitting a baseball or tennis ball.

One space that differs probably the most, although, is replicating the grip of an actual desk tennis paddle in VR. An Oculus Touch controller, or another VR present controller, doesn’t have the identical grip, really feel, orientation or weight as an actual desk tennis paddle. So modifications to the controller can be wanted to make that occur.

To counter this drawback, in January Florian Auté began prototyping a method to combine an Oculus Touch controller with a typical desk tennis paddle grip. Auté labored on the preliminary prototypes together with his girlfriend as they targeted on connecting an Oculus Touch controller to an present paddle grip.

Auté then enrolled the assistance of pals Alexis Roseillier and his spouse for his or her 3D product design data and improvement experience, and so they started work on new designs for a 3D printed grip. Roseillier and Auté each studied on the identical engineering college in France however they reside in numerous international locations, the Netherlands and Germany. Auté is a fan of Eleven however Roseillier was not excited by desk tennis initially of the undertaking, based on Auté, however now that Roseillier tried their add-on he’s pondering of getting an Oculus Quest.

Engineers design 3D-printed table tennis paddles for Oculus Touch controllers

The closing result’s a 3D printed racket/paddle holder that securely holds an Oculus Touch controller, whereas additionally positioning the middle of gravity to extra carefully match an actual desk tennis paddle.

Engineers design 3D-printed table tennis paddles for Oculus Touch controllers

Above: The development of the desk tennis paddle.

Image Credit: Florian Auté

According to the creators the whole weight is round 167 grams (although weight may differ based mostly on the printing materials used and the kind of AA battery within the Quest controller) and retains the controller’s buttons accessible whereas locked into the 3D printed mount. The monitoring stays secure whereas within the grip, based on Auté, and it will also be used with the desk tennis shakehand grip, the place your index finger is positioned on the again of the paddle.

The person might want to regulate the orientation of the paddle in-game — Eleven presents that form of customization — in order that it matches the offset place of the controller when positioned within the grip. We contacted the builders of Eleven and so they stated they’re planning so as to add a customized preset within the sport that may simply regulate the orientation of the simulated paddle to work with the grip with out the necessity for handbook alignment.

They posted the 3D mannequin for the grip and it’s obtainable free on Thinigverse, a web-based library the place customers can add the recordsdata for 3D fashions they’ve created. This permits others to obtain the recordsdata and print the fashions with a 3D printer themselves. You can obtain the grip on the Thingiverse listing now with directions included on the web page. It works with the second technology of Oculus Touch controllers which ship with each the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S headsets. An earlier 3D print was made by completely different creators for the unique Oculus Rift Touch controllers.

The print requires a two M4 screws you need to be capable of get at a ironmongery shop — one with a 10 mm thread size to lock the controller in place — and one other with 35 mm thread size for the hinge. Here’s a video of the brand new accent recorded by the creators and initially posted to Reddit exhibiting the way it works:

Spaces cofounder Brad Herman owns a 3D printer and provided to ship UploadVR managing editor Ian Hamilton two of the prints — one for a proper Oculus Touch controller (identical because the itemizing on Thingiverse), and one other with a mirrored print for the left Oculus Touch controller. Hamilton is left-handed, however his members of the family are right-handed, so with two of the prints, he and his household can use two Quests or a Quest and a Rift S to play desk tennis collectively of their lounge. The sport makes an attempt to reduce latency when on the identical Wi-Fi community and Hamilton famous a ping of solely 2 milliseconds when taking part in with the paddle equipment this week domestically. It made for a particularly life like sport of desk tennis with none bodily desk or ball.

All photos offered by Florian Auté from Thingiverse and Reddit, and UploadVR posted these with  permission. Video rehosted on YouTube with permission from Auté, and the unique could be discovered on Reddit. UploadVR managing editor Ian Hamilton contributed to this submit.

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