GearZilla

Inspiration

Godzilla

What it does

You play Gearzilla who spawns at the edge of a city. Seeking the destruction of the city, you make your way towards the power plant to blow everything up. The city scrambles planes to defend itself. Punching the missiles out of the air will save you from taking damage as you try to survive the onslaught.

How we built it

Kinect + GearVR: The Kinect runs off a PC which communicates to the Gear VR via a network connection. We use the Kinect to get the bone positions of the player. These are used to place the player's hands in the game.

Challenges we ran into

Performance and networking were major challenges. Trying to keep the frame rate up and keep the game fun with lots of buildings to destroy was a challenge. Also, getting the Kinect to sync up with the correct orientation of the player was something we had to overcome. We had to set up a calibration screen to orient the player and his or her hands.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Getting the Kinect working with Unity and GearVR to track head and hand motions in game.

What we learned

More about how Unity's physics system works. Issues with networking (sending custom packets for the GearVR / Kinect setup). Latency issues with the Kinect & Networking. Latency is too high for comfortable head-tracking (i.e. for room scale via Kinect).

What's next for Gearzilla

Vive version

Videos

Gameplay1 Gameplay2

Testing Instructions:

Requirements

  • PC running with attached Kinect
  • Gear VR
  • Both the Gear VR and the PC must be on the same local area network

Step by step

  1. Run the client on a PC (available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwlES4wYsNDhNkhORWNhVUc0bWc).
  2. Stand facing the Kinect
  3. Run app on Gear VR and place on your head while facing Kinect
  4. Follow the instructions given in the game

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