Australian multimedia company Opaque Multimedia is using an Oculus Rift headset and a Microsoft Kinect 2 motion tracking system to make it possible for ordinary people to get a first-hand virtual reality taste of what it's like just outside the International Space Station, in a demo called Earthlight. This demo lets users explore the outside of the ISS as it orbits the Earth, although they're actually safe in the comfort of their living room.
Earthlight is designed to get you as close as possible to the real thing. For example, if you stick your hands out in front of your headset, you will see a space-gloved hand in the corresponding position. If you reach out to a handle on the International Space Station and tug on it, your virtual self will float forwards.
The Earthlight project shows how combining different technologies can help create amazing immersive experiences with both entertainment and educational applications.
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