Thursday, April 17, 2014

RiftCycles use Oculus Rift to transport us to the Tron Universe

If you're a fan of Tron, you'll certainly fall in love with this RiftCyles project, made by my country fellow Luis Sobral (a.k.a. The Arcade Man) and that made a huge success in this year's Codebits Edition - the biggest geek/tech event in Portugal, which I attended of couse - and that is making it's way around the internet, being featured in sites such as Gizmodo and Cnet.

Luis Sobral is well known to all those that are interested in arcade and pinball machines. He can bring those classic machines back to life and make them look brand new; but his craft goes well beyond that, as this RiftCycles shows.

He created two Tron Light Cycle from scratch, which, whem combined with the Oculus Rift, transported two players into a digital Tron universe where you had to beat your opponent in a light cycle game.

For even greater immersion, the 90º turns were done by physically tilting the RiftCycles, instead of simply pressing a button like in a console game. Something that some of you may remember from those old motorcycle racing arcade machines with a motorbike replica.

During Codebits I had the chance to talk with Luis for a while, but whatever he is working on next is still kept under wraps. Though you can count on us to let you know about it as soon as he allows it.

If you want a arcade or pinball machine, fell free to contact him.

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