It is not often that a submission on Oculus VR Share requires anything other than an Oculus Rift head-mounted display and a keyboard, mouse or gamepad. Today however we feature one that requires a little bit more than that.
Developed by Thalmic Labs, Icarus Rising sees you taking on the role of a traveller whose ship has crashed and following a subsequent alien attack has been left as the sole survivor. Now separated from the support of your crewmates and with dangerous adversaries out to finish what they started you will take to the skies and embark on a quest for vengeance.
There is a distinctly Iron Man-like vibe about Icarus Rising, as you fly around in an armoured suit, moving your arms to control the thrust and shooting through raising your fist in the direction of enemies. Additional controls are made through finger movement. It is all done through the addition of Thalmic Labs’ own Myo armbands, which operate through a combination of movement tracking and measuring the electrical activity in your muscles in order to mimic movement or allow gesture-based control schemes.
Owing to the nature of the program two Myo armbands are required, to get an idea of how the controls work in practice you can find a trailer for the videogame. Besides that, this single player experience is compatible with both the DK1 and DK2 versions of the Oculus Rift and is available now on the Oculus VR Share platform. You can find out more about the Myo armband here on Thalmic’s website.
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