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Virtual Reality

Overview

Virtual Sandtray is in the beta phase of product development, which means that it is available for testing. It has been demonstrated at professional conferences and used by clients.

Virtual Reality

Extending Virtual Sandtray into virtual reality seemed a logical step with quality consumer hardware becoming available part way through 2016. A development decision had to be made prior to transition from iPad to VR on a PC, with the HTC Vive being chosen as the first VR headset that the program utilizes.

Seeing that VR can be considered in its infancy, we were pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the product. It is incredible to actually be in the tray and experience the sense of immersion that comes from it. The professionals and clients that have tried it have found it to be amazing.

Videos

Our YouTube channel hosts several videos demonstrating the evolution and feature of the product. Do note that they are 2D captures of a 3D product.

Availability

Virtual Sandtray is a working product and ready for testing/research. Please contact us to discuss further.

VR Headsets

Virtual Sandtray was initially ported from iPad to VR utilizing the HTC Vive. This was due to testing of both headsets at a psychology conference. I liked the Vive better and so did the kids.

As of July 2017, Occulus Rift headsets and their touch controllers went on sale for an extremely competitive price. Due to this fact, development of a version that will work with the Occulus Rift headset will be evaluated. Although Rift is cheaper, you will need to purchase more hardware to make it function in a manner similar to Vive in regards to room scale. Then comes the setup, which is a nightmare compared to Vive. Based on these facts, an exact date us unknown and this site will be updated with information as development progresses. Please contact us for further discussion and/or questions.

PC Hardware

The hardware requirements for running VR on a PC are steep: it is something you do right or don't do at all. Unless you have a heavy duty gamer in the family, you will not have the level of PC necessary to run VR. There are various specifications for a PC to meet the specification to run VR. A couple are provided on the right for you to examine. You can buy VR ready machines from the some PC stores or online vendors. We chose to build our own in desktop format, as it offers the best value, allows it to be tailor made and it is enjoyable. There are also laptops that are able to run VR and they are not generally cheap. If you have questions, you may also contact us and we can provide guidance.

The main development and travelling demonstration laptop was purchased in late 2018:

  • Prostar laptop (Clevo based design)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8086k
  • Graphics Card: Nvidea GeForce GTX1080 laptop
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4 3000MHZ 2channel
  • Storage:
    • 2x 500GB NVME M.2 SSD (WD Black 2018)
    • 1TB SSD (Samsung 850)
    • 2TB Samsung Firecuda

The desktop used to initially develop Virtual Sandtray on VR is as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6800K with water cooling
  • Motherboard: Asus X99 Deluxe II
  • Graphics Card: Nvidea GeForce GTX1080 variant
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4 4channel
  • Storage:
    • 512GB NVME M.2 SSD
    • 1TB SSD
    • 4TB Hard Drive

Our backup laptop for demonstration purposes is as follows:

  • Alienware laptop purchased as open box at Best Buy
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Graphics Card: Nvidea GeForce GTX1070 8GB mobile
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 2channel
  • Storage:
    • 128GB M.2 SSD
    • 512GB NVME M.2 SSD (stock 128GB was too slow!)
    • 1TB Hard Drive

Finding a VR computer

Please contact support, we will help you find something that suits your needs.

Nvidia VR Specifications

Nvidia, a manufacturer of video cards, has their system requirements found here.

Vive VR Specifications

The application was written for use with the HTC Vive VR headset. The recommended specifications can be found here.