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.


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)

  • Ben

    Alternate technique for enhanced graphics: sit on someone’s shoulders!

  • K. Garang

    Aren’t they taking this selfie stick thingy a little too far?

  • shri

    this is silly

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    Do you think that’s a bad thing?

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    Oh my god this is amazing!! Grand Theft Auto: Life. I want this sh*t.

  • Guest

    wow…. the servo is directly connected to the plate that hold 2 gopro….
    it must be one strong mini servo ….
    i wonder how long before it will have strip gear…

  • Vin Weathermon

    So wait; you wear the headset and walk around and you are viewing a cgi representation of your self, keyed on the controller you move right or left….have I got that right?

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  • fffffff

    Nope you’re looking at the real you, via the camera that’s on your back.

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    I’m thinking this could have real world applications. In searches for example. if say one in three of those doing a line search had this gear, the extra height and angle could be very useful for showing things.

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