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Custom Built Oculus Rift & GoPro Rig Lets You Experience Life in the Third Person

Are you sick of living life in the first person? Do you sometimes wish your day-to-day activities could be viewed as an incredibly realistic RPG? Well, you’re in luck. With the help of Oculus Rift and a dual camera setup, mepi has just what you need to get started.

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The Polish team uses a custom-designed, 3D printed mount that the user wears with the help of a backpack. Attached to the custom rig are two GoPros that mount above and slightly behind the person wearing it, and using a controller and a number of servos that are hooked up to an Arduino-powered computer, the wearer can control where the camera is pointing while wearing the Oculus Rift device.

The interesting thing about this is that this actually widens your field of view, meaning you can see more through the rig than you can with your own eyes — so much so, in fact, that you can actually see your own back when using it.

A little trippy to watch, we can’t help but imagine what it’s like to actually use the device. If somehow the team could pair it up with the photography simulator we showed some time ago, we may never have a reason to take a real photo again… joking, of course. But the potential of this creation is vast nonetheless.

(via TechCrunch)