Master Thesis: Open Locomotion


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Lacking a uniform implementation for Locomotion Devices and only releasing proprietary programing interfaces these smaller startup companies have become somewhat dependent on integrating their devices into more common VR platforms like Valve’s SteamVR to reach a bigger audience.

This dependency often implies technical limitations as most platforms are designed to serve controller input and are not specialized to the needs of each Locomotion device. Also, past experiences show, that this lack of specialization has led to technical issues after an update to the platform resulting in problems or inoperability for customers of Locomotion Devices.

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In my thesis I covered a wide spectrum of essential information about VR Locomotion Devices and existing VR platforms, whose capabilities and limitations were described and evaluated. Thereafter I defined a new specialized industrial standard – OpenLocomotion – which aims to solve current industry issues for VR Locomotion Devices.

After specifying the standard, I developed an OpenLocomotion compliant prototype framework.

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