UVM Students Develop Unique Virtual Reality System

Students from Universidad del Valle de México’s Lomas Verdes campus developed a virtual reality system, which brings together the Vicon Motion Capture System and Oculus Rift virtual-reality glasses with a video game system to create an enhanced virtual reality experience. Gerardo Corona, a seventh semester student in the digital animation engineering program, and Hans Guevara, a graduate from the same program, developed a way for the Vicon motion capture software to communicate with the Oculus Rift, which had never been achieved in Latin America. 

This technological advance is notable because the Oculus Rift has become more recognized since Facebook acquired the company a few months ago. However, these glasses do not by themselves permit moving around a room, jumping, crouching, etc. This is a problem the students have resolved through integrating it with a movement capture system.

The goal of Gerardo and Hans is to develop spaces in virtual reality that are more precise, so it will be possible for people to enter them and have a more realistic experience. By bringing the Oculus glasses together with a motion capture system and supporting this with a video game system, Corona and Guevara have created several applications.

The combination of these technologies allows for a virtual reality experience that is quite natural, where the physical is left behind to explore a new space. The real power of this combination is that the developer can create anything they want inside the world of the videogame, from applications that can develop industrial prototypes to methods to explore architectural spaces in Autocad, a drafting and design program, before they are built, and medical applications that will enable new ways to study the human body,” said Corona.

The idea to develop the project came about from work the two completed at UVM and their desire to create new virtual reality platforms that can support development. “The project brings together a number of the different things we studied in ITIAD at UVM’s Lomas Verdes campus,” said Guevara.