Today we got here at 8 AM! It was still quite weird and extremely exciting to get back to working with the Vive! Our goal today was to get a better understanding of how programming works within virtual reality using Unreal Editor 4. We had a blast! There was a big learning curve involved with getting used to the controls, but overall we were able to gain a basic understanding of how to manipulate "Actors," or objects, and change the textures as well. After spending every hour up until 12 working on Unreal Editor, we took a small break and opened up a game. Bryan had a scare when the floor boards started to fall from his feet and almost "fell." I laughed at the look on Bryan's face as he took off the headset. Though I had just as much of a scare when a goblin came crawling out from the storm drain below me. We also had tried out using audio with the headset. There was a significant difference in the experience. Getting yelled at by a robot and being called a bad piece of ham by a computer is really strange and funny! :P Overall, by 3:25, we found a good stopping point and had to pack up. What a successful day! Can't wait to get back to it tomorrow!
The computer is built and we set up the HTC Vive to experiment around with. VR is soooo cool!!!!! We are so excited to begin our research. We downloaded all the necessary software, and maybe a few games :). We downloaded steam VR and the Unreal Engine. Next meeting we will try to figure out how to get the Unreal Engine to run inside the VR headset. We are so excited!
Today we drove up to Microcenter and were able to purchase the computer parts and the HTC Vive. We will be setting them up on Friday!