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.

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