Oculus Rift + Leap Motion controller 3D printing.

Using our MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer, IDIA’s Chris Harrison worked with David Rodriguez to create a family of 3 brackets with varying uses and advantages to mount a Leap Motion Controller to the front of an Oculus Rift DK2.

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Finding that double sided tape was not doing a very effective job of holding the Leap Motion Controller in place, we looked around Makerbot’s Thingiverse, an online warehouse of 3D print-ready objects, for a solution.

We found a bracket which when printed didn’t quite meet the tolerances of the Leap’s dimensions, and so some slight modifications were made to better accommodate it. In addition, rather than the 2-piece configuration on the website, a new bracket was made to be printed in one single pass.

Finally, after realizing other potential uses for the Leap, 2 more brackets were designed and printed so that the Leap can be securely installed onto the Oculus in a total of 3 different configurations.

The brackets can be viewed and downloaded here:

Bracket 1 Straight bracket used for visual IR passthrough from Leap camera

Bracket 2 Straight bracket used to minimize Oculus IR emitter occlusion

Bracket 3 Angles backet used to track hands with best angle – if no passthrough is desired

View a Oculus / Leap project here: http://idialab.org/oculus-rift-and-leap-motion-demo/