Indiegogo campaign from CyborgMcloud to build a prototype robotic webcam that mimics the movements of an Oculus Rift, potentially the first domestic visual telepresence device - videos embedded below:
Everyone got very excited about new VR possibilities after Oculus Rift was first introduced. but for me it was more than obvious that this meant new possibility for shooting 3D documentaries(with two gopro cameras u can make amazing airsoft videos in 3D), for 3D photos… and for 3D skype conversations…
after a while I found out that there are virtually no devices for 3D webcam chat(and almost no software). there are couple fixed “two cameras pared” - that have some sophisticated software to provide u with “red/cyan”, analygraph 3D.
so being a software developer my self and an enthusiast engineer - I decided to build one my self …
… and this is what I ended up with - two web cameras, placed roughly as our eyes are, three servo motors (which. luckily, I’ve had bought for my other robot project and had available right a way) and a Arduino controller
it took some time connecting everything together, developing software, getting into oculus API… and some experimenting with different web cameras to get nice 3D view and good frame rate for two simultaneously working web cameras.
but the result is what u see - You move your head around, wearing oculus - the device repeats ur head movement
The project is in it’s early stages, but if you have an Oculus Rift, there is an online demo featuring a live video here
For more info about the project (or even pledge support), you can go to the Indiegogo page here