In the U.S., it's not required to take driver's education in order to obtain a licence and most people would not be interested unless we make it a fun experience and a knowledgeable one. For this reason, we created this hack.
What it does
It allows the user to put on a VR headset and see the inside of a car. They can operate the wheel with their own hands and feel the gas pedal with vibrations sent to their right foot.
How we built it
We're using an Oculus headset to enhance the experience of the user and surround them with the environment we built in Unity. The hand simulation in Unity was used with a LeapMotion sensor that focuses specially on detailed hand mapping. These were used hand-in-hand to be able to grab the wheel and operate the controls of the vehicle being driven. We also used a Myo Armband that is typically used for the forearm, but in our hack, we are using it on our feet as a means to track the angle of our foot and send vibrations when the user presses down on the gas pedal to increase the vehicle's speed.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into challenges mainly with Unity, since it's our first time building in it. The learning curve was extremely high in implementing all of the different electronic devices.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud that we made something useful that implemented new technology that's still being implemented on. Thousands of people get into accidents that can be avoided if they take time to learn the rules of the road and better their understanding on how to drive safely.
What we learned
We learned a lot about how to use Unity, and C# in implementing the scripts for that. We also learned more about the EMG signals even though we didn't implement that feature into our project with the Myo Armband.
What's next for DrEd
DrEd can become a good opensource learning game, but the drawbacks are having to purchase multiple different pricey devices. So this might be the last we see of DrEd.