Oculus is hard at work creating a line of VR headsets that provide different options of immersion and mobility. One of the current projects they are working on is called the Santa Cruz which is set to be their upcoming mobile standalone VR headset. But what they are doing with the Santa Cruz is quite magical.
Today, during the OC4 event they announced that the Santa Cruz will be 6DoF and tetherless to any CPU.
“Ever since building Rift, our dream has been to bring the magic of a PC VR experience to an untethered form factor. That’s why we were so excited to share our early work with Santa Cruz at Oculus Connect last year. Although that first prototype had a full-blown mobile computer strapped to the back of your head, the feeling of freedom you got when first experiencing fully untethered positionally-tracked VR remains unparalleled.
Today, we showed the next phase of Santa Cruz development, delivering hand presence with two positionally tracked controllers. This is an important, industry-first milestone that brings the magic and incredible design expertise of Touch into a completely standalone experience.
We leverage the same constellation tracking technology that we developed for Rift and Touch. Getting the infrared LEDs on our new Santa Cruz controllers to work with the sensors used for inside-out tracking on the headset was a significant computer vision, design, and engineering problem. This is a milestone we’re proud of. By using four ultra-wide sensors, we achieved a large controller tracking volume, allowing for natural and unrestricted movement.”
We will be getting a sample of the headset some time next year in addition to some new motion sensor controllers.