Custom Hardware Fabrication
From bluetooth-enabled control interfaces to 3D-printed headset designs, we can build robust custom hardware for installations and public showcases.
Recognising the need for custom hardware
Creating VR for Museums or AR for trade shows often reveals that the most exciting applications can’t be achieved with existing hardware out of the box. This is why most of our projects aren’t designed to fit neatly into the format dictated by Oculus Rift or Google VR; but instead are an amalgamation of different technologies.
No one existing piece of hardware can meet all the requirements of a custom build: The Oculus Rift is great, but it isn’t suitable or hard wearing enough to be handled by hundreds of children. A Gear VR headset is great for portability, but can’t be left unattended for power and security reasons. These are just some of the reasons why it is often necessary to build custom hardware.
Unlocking more functionality
One of the major advantages of custom hardware is being able to cater to exact hardware requirements. This might be a simple case of integrating a tablet into a display unit, or a more complex build to integrate a depth-sensing camera into a VR headset.
Technologies we use
For creating custom electronic solutions, we commonly use Android, Arduino and Bluetooth devices. When it comes to physical builds, our fabrication team use a fully-kitted workshop to craft with materials such as wood, metal, resin and plastic, with methods including mould casting and 3D printing.
Read the blog post about our involvement in Calvium’s Porth Teigr Placemaking event, and the functionality of the binoculars we created.
Projects in this category
Past/Future AR Binoculars
We custom-built a set of binoculars for Calvium’s Porth Teigr event, featuring Bluetooth and Arduino tech to create a seamless experience.
Oracle Augmented Showcase
The augmented customer showcase we built for Oracle Corporation features bespoke 3D-printed parts, modified headsets and tethering.
Human Body: VR Installation
Zubr created an incredible VR experience for delegates at a medical conference to interact with human body cells using just their hands.