Oculus-Driven Narvaro Telepresence Robot Prototype Demo
A team of Georgia Tech graduates have put together a demo of a telepresence system with head-tracking, named the Narvaro 3D. Not too much is known about the product except that it's made to work with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The current prototype is a wired system, with the Oculus' motion being translated to a stereoscopic camera system on a three-axis gimbal. The cameras can theoretically pipe stereoscopic 1080p video to the Oculus, and Narvaro's creators are experimenting with wireless control and using brushless motors. According to one of the developers in this Reddit thread, the current prototype has no detectable latency because of its wired setup. Narvaro 3D is still a long way from becoming an actual product (I expect that they'll launch a crowdfunding campaign first), and the Narvaro team has to address technical issues like making the cameras adjustable to match the user's interpupillary distance (IPD). Looking forward to seeing how this project comes along.