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VR options for viewing the field this year

Looking for options. Not in my wheel house. I haven't heard much on the topic from FIRST. Looking for cost vs. quality. I have a google Pixel 3.

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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

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Affordable and they allow you to see both alliances too.
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Affordable and they allow you to see both alliances too.
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FIRST hasn't released any details on how they will release the field, so personally I'm not spending a dime until then. You know the laws of the universe require them to choose a different, incompatible system than the one you buy on speculation.
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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

I really hope they support Windows Mixed Reality devices & Google Cardboard. Those are some of the most affordable VR options on the market right now.

I assume they'll support the HTC Vive & Oculus Rift as those are the most popular, but I wouldn't recommend buying anything until details are released. Unless you have cash to burn - then definitely get an HTC Vive. It's awesome.
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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

I'm really hoping it comes out as an iPhone/Android app that you can use with any of the cardboard VR phone holders (There are even instructions to build your own online, just save a cardboard box or two!). That would make it accessible by anyone. If it requires purchasing a specific device, or limited to a specific brand/OS, it's not going to be used by many teams.
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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

Google Cardboard or something free online (Google Maps street view of the field) is really the only option for our team as we could not afford a $500+ headset
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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

Thinking more about it, while the technology is still a little young, what Apple and Google are doing with multi-person AR is something that could certainly come into play here, possibly in a few more years. Every year after kickoff many teams "play the game" using students as robots. When doing this, you often haven't had time to create field elements yet, at least not good ones. With a cross-platform AR system that could support a 30+ member team all viewing the same thing, such activities could be improved on.
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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

I would bet that they will use Google Cardboard and include one in the KOP because they're so cheap. They have used Cardboard in the past for 2016's field. They're super easy to use and are compatible with nearly all smartphones.

It will probably be a file/files you download that are 360 photos of the field. It's possible they could release stuff compatible with position-based VR like the HTC Vive, but very few teams will have access to that tech.

Since you have a Pixel 3, you could also use a Google Daydream View headset, which can show Cardboard-compatible media.
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I would bet that they will use Google Cardboard and include one in the KOP because they're so cheap. They have used Cardboard in the past for 2016's field. They're super easy to use and are compatible with nearly all smartphones.

It will probably be a file/files you download that are 360 photos of the field. It's possible they could release stuff compatible with position-based VR like the HTC Vive, but very few teams will have access to that tech.

Since you have a Pixel 3, you could also use a Google Daydream View headset, which can show Cardboard-compatible media.
Not everyone has an android device. The best option would be for them to start with an open platform. I would use Unity because that can work on Windows, IOS, and Android.

Whatever FIRST does, many will be unhappy. I'll shrug my shoulders and move forward best I can. Heck I'd love that they release a HoloLens version of the field but I'm not betting on it.
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Re: VR options for viewing the field this year

They don't even need to go as far as 3D. I would be happy with a solid 360 camera walking around the field. Anyone could do that.
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They don't even need to go as far as 3D. I would be happy with a solid 360 camera walking around the field. Anyone could do that.
This is probably along the lines of what they'll have
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Not everyone has an android device. The best option would be for them to start with an open platform. I would use Unity because that can work on Windows, IOS, and Android.

Whatever FIRST does, many will be unhappy. I'll shrug my shoulders and move forward best I can. Heck I'd love that they release a HoloLens version of the field but I'm not betting on it.
There is a Google Cardboard app for iOS.
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