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SoftKinectic Adds Oculus DK2 Support, Hosts Competition to Win GDC 2015 Pass

With the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2) now having shipped to a good number of developers, support for the device is becoming more and more common. Today sees 3D vision and gesture recognition company SoftKinect add DK2 support to its own technology allowing developers to create hand controlled experiences without the need for other controllers. To celebrate, the company is hosting a competition using its ReachVR App.

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Similar to the Leap controller-free motion device mount that was revealed for the Oculus Rift last month, SoftKinetic has launched a bracket mount for its Time-of-Flight DepthSense camera technology, which is available from the ReachVR website, where you can also register for the competition. The challenge involves developers creating something unique using the camera and either an Oculus Rift or other VR HMD. Submissions can be made until 15th November 2014.

First place will receive a full pass to one of 2015’s Game Developer Conference (GDC) events from the regular event in San Francisco, to GDC Europe in Cologne or GDC China in Shanghai, which is worth up to $1,495 USD. A iisu Pro 3.6 Perpetual commercial license valued at $1,499 will also be included. According to the company, the winner ‘will be chosen based on the best use of DepthSense technology, the best sense of body awareness in VR and the best production value.’

For anyone that would like to see SoftKinect’s work in action, the company will demonstrate it with the Oculus Rift at the next Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Meetup on 10th October. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.