While Leap Motion gave manufacturers a home improvement solution for building their own Augmented Reality headset with Project North Star, a self-described "AR wonk" pushed the blueprints forward with the creation of an unbound version.
Noah Zerkin, a project manager for research and development in industrial design business NOA Labs in Shenzhen, China, recently shared the "mobile" computer, a Windows 10 motherboard with a battery in a cardboard housing attached to a shoulder strap, on Twitter , The computer transmits AR content through the headset design of Leap Motion, which provides a spatial computing interface and wide field of view over the company's motion controls and a pair of reflective LCD displays. ”
So far, Zerkin has done a sample scene on Unity with the makeshift computer package, but he's also looking for a North Star project – along with the Occipital Structure Core for the Environment mapping – for the more complex 3D content .
standards. However, in a Twitter test, Zerkin states that spontaneous combustion is unlikely.
"It's not that paper or cardboard just burns spontaneously when exposed to moderately high temperatures," Zerkin said . Tweet . "It takes an open fire, I'm soldering to cardboard all the time, the CPU would overheat and shut down before the temperature in the box was near."
The DIY project is not Zerkin's first innovation related to Project North Star. It's not even his first ever headset acquisition this week.
On Wednesday he started serial glasses for the headset design. Zerkin signed a contract with EPPOSUN to mass-produce the injection-molded lenses. Zerkin's entrepreneurial spirit, which has been sold for $ 40 a pair, has reduced the cost of materials for a DIY North Star-Headset project to $ 100.
"The biggest stumbling block for those who wanted to build their own North Star headsets was making the reflective lenses," Zerkin said in a blog post. "People spent around $ 200 milled uncoated reflectors with a diamond acrylic large-diameter tip, priced at up to $ 400 to coat them with semi-reflective silver and antireflective coating to prevent unwanted secondary reflections from the outside surface lens. "
In addition, his latest project shows that it still takes some performance to turn complex 3D content into reality. It really is a technical feat that Microsoft and Magic Leap can bring so much computing power into smaller packages. But until now, the AR hardware industry is still far from scaling down the package to a kind of eyewear that would appeal to consumers beyond AR enthusiasts and corporate customers.