Motion controllers as virtual reality lightsabers
Sixense previously worked with Razer on the Hydra motion controller, which becamemuch more useful after the Oculus Rift gained popularity. It’s currently preparing to ship a new wireless control system called the Sixense Stem, which wasfunded on Kickstarter in late 2013. The Stem is a platform that can track the position of up to five sensors on a user’s limbs and head. In the video above, they’re built into a pair of controllers, which act as lightsaber hilts and move when the player does. It’s the same theory behindthe swordfighting demo for Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset, which can be paired with Move controllers. The grips on those controllers don’t look much like a lightsaber, but the tracking seems very responsive. In theory, you could also create a custom hilt and slip a Stem sensor pack inside.
This looks like a really nice implementation of the tech. I hope that a Razer Hydra compatible version gets released to so I can channel my inner Jedi.