If you follow my work (aka my anual blog update 😉 ) you know I’m a great enthusiastic of anything slightly resembling sci-fi, geek, gadget things. And sometimes I’m lucky enough to team up with amazing people in order to put those toys to some good use.

In this video I showcase the Planovision system – a ‘3D Table’ compound of a head-tracking device, a 3D projector, and 3D glasses. I’m currently working towards integrating the Planovision with an authoring tool in order to build real demos, and help the project to kick-off.

After the initial integration with Blender via the Blender Game Engine (after all we don’t want just to see the 3d models, but to interact with them), today I got the system to work with BlenderVR to help the integration with different inputs (head-tracker, 3d mouse, leap motion, …). I’m helping the development of BlenderVR since last October, and we only recently released its 1.0 version. BlenderVR is a well behaved guinea pig I must say.

The Planovision has being developed under the guidance of professor Luiz Velho, director or Visgraf/IMPA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

BlenderVR is an virtual-reality open source framework built on top of the Blender Game Engine. BlenderVR was created and is developed by LIMSI/CNRI in Orsay, France and is aimed at Oculus, CAVE, Video Walls among other VR display types.

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If you want to learn more about the Blender Game Engine, don’t forget to check the book Game Development with Blender, written by Mike Pan and yours truly.

I guess this is one of those times when the line between work and play gets really blurry. I hope it keeps this way for a long time 😉