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Navigate real life in third-person using Oculus Rift and GoPro cameras

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Using Oculus VR's virtual reality headset and GoPro cameras, Poland-based development team from mepi has created a proof of concept that allows users people to view real life from a third-person perspective.

The "Real World Third Person Perspective" prototype works when footage captured from the cameras mounted above the user's head with a 3D printed arm is fed to an Oculus Rift headset. The set up results in the user being able to see themselves in a third-person perspective similar to games like Grand Theft Auto 5 or Dark Souls 2.

In its prototype form, the rig uses an analog stick to control movement of the cameras and all of the equipment required to run it fits into a backpack. The set up uses an Arduino microcontroller and a laptop powered by an Intel processor. Tutorials for the rig and 3D printing are available from Tutorial Bay. You can see the "Real World Third Person Perspective" prototype in action in the video above.