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Oculus and Leap Motion Combine for Virtual Reality Shark Punching

You’ve probably seen some neat uses for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, like the Seinfeld apartment or 3D Zelda. But I’m not sure any of them can match putting up your dukes and punching some sharks in the face.

Chaotic Moon–the same company that recently whipped up that futuristic Pizza Hut table concept–has turned shark punching into (virtual) reality by slapping a Leap Motion controller onto an Oculus Rift prototype. The player then peers out into the ocean, spinning around and fending off sharks with bare knuckles.

To be honest, it looks a little rough. In the promo video, fists sort of float unnaturally in the middle of the screen, and as Engadget reports, you need to hold your hands higher than usual so the Leap controller can accurately detect them. But those quibbles fade away as the fist makes contact, producing an explosion that could rival the final scene of Jaws.

Sadly, SharkPunch is not going to be a commercial product. It may not be feasible anyway, given that Oculus requires a wired connection to a PC, which would surely cause problems as you spun around the room. (The official SharkPunch setup involves a ceiling-mounted Oculus.) We can only hope this little project inspires someone to create a proper, polished shark-punching experience by the time the consumer version of Oculus Rift comes around.

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Virtual Reality at Its Finest: Walk Around Jerry Seinfeld’s Apartment

Jerrys Place
Jerry's Place VR

If ever you were looking for a sign that virtual reality has hit the big time, this is it.

Developer Greg Miller has taken the time to cobble together a Seinfeld-themed “just-for-fun project” for the popular Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The fruits of his efforts: Jerry’s Place, a three-dimensional rendering of Seinfeld’s TV apartment.

A few things you may notice in the below video: We finally get to see the front wall of Jerry’s apartment (the video’s tour guide explains that one of the episodes of the show actually revealed the wall briefly), and there’s a copy of TIME on Jerry’s coffee table. The bookshelf on the back wall is amazingly detailed, as well.

Jerry’s Place is available as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux, though you’ll need the $300 Oculus Rift development kit to immerse yourself in the mind-bending experience of touring the apartment belonging to a character in a TV show that hasn’t been on the air for 16 years. If you’re willing to pay $300 for that, I’d like to go out drinking with you sometime. You sound fun!

Here’s the video — it contains some not-safe-for-work language, so either mute it, wear headphones or take your employment status into your own hands:

Jerry’s Place for Oculus Rift [Jerry's Place VR via The Verge]

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