The Japanese division of Unity 3D has released an intriguing new virtual reality (VR) demo for the Oculus Rift headset named Hiyoshi Jump. Set in Keio University in Japan, the demo allows players to initiate ‘super jumps’ that spring them high into the sky to get a 360 degree view of the surrounding area as they travel. The demo is available to download for free on the Oculus VR Share Beta.
To start a jump, users must lightly hop on the spot, as advised in the video above. The motion is picked up by the Oculus Rift’s acceleration sensor and the camera is then propelled upwards. Users are then free to keep jumping for as long as they want. The developer, named on warapuri on the site but creidted as Makto Ito (or Unity Technologies Japan), created the feed for the demo by taping together 6 GoPro cameras and firing them into the air. Footage was recorded and images were captured, all of which were then combined to give users a full view of the university campus and beyond. The project was named Hiyoshi Jump after the area of the campus it was filmed in.
The experience is likened to jumping “like a Dragonball”, one of the superpowered characters from the popular Japanese cartoon. When the user lands a dull thud can be heard along with a shockwave visual effect. Right now the demo can be downloaded on both Windows and Mac, with no word on a Linux version just yet. VRFocus will continue to follow every kind of VR project in development and bring you all the latest.