If science fiction movies have taught us anything, it’s that a human-to-computer interface is inevitably going to require users to don a “powerglove” style device to engage hologram icons inside the virtual space. Remember Minority Report, from 2002? That movie is a great example of our interfacing future. Waving your hands about as you pinch thin air to manipulate a virtual screen seems kind of ridiculous, especially if you’re not alone while you do it. Just because you’re wearing a VR headset doesn’t mean you need to look like a fool to the world around you. Well, the days of playing “air conductor” have just been avoided, as BadoinkVR have released a Hands-Free Theatre Mode that allows users to navigate in a virtual space without using their hands. Innovation at it’s finest and it’s most useful.
Look Mum – No Hands!
One of the most irritating aspects of using mobile VR is that anytime a setting needs to be adjusted – the VR headgear needs to come off, the mobile device removed, manipulated, and then put back on. Even the use of a Bluetooth remote can’t keep users free of this annoyance, as operating the remote without looking at it can be a real challenge. It’s also just another item to end up lost or misplaced when you need it. A remote, no matter how small or intelligently designed is still different from not needing one at all.
BaDoinkVR To Save The Day
BaDoinkVR has come up with the ingenious Hands-Free Theatre Mode that allows users to engage their eyes to navigate the virtual space – giving users hands the freedom to do other, more important stuff like eating snack foods or drinking soda. VR Theatre Mode engages as soon as a user enters BaDoinkVR on a mobile device. A small pink box will prompt a switch to the new and improved HUD. Total interface control is achieved simply by use of the eyes and head. No more annoyance of having to remove the mobile device from the headset to enjoy virtual reality.
The Future Today
BaDoinkVR has designed an updated menu structure, which is intuitive and simple to operate by eye and head movements alone. Users will find a floating cursor on screen that can be used to control all menu items, including browsing the extensive video archive, playing or pausing videos and adjusting volume. This hands-free design eliminates the need for your hands to control the hardware. It’s incredibly easy to use. Hands-free Theater Mode begins to work right away without the need for downloading or installation. The Theatre Mode interface is just finishing it’s testing run in Beta mode, as the last glitches get taken care of. Next time you visit BaDoinkVR – just login and begin streaming. It’s that easy!