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Best Way to Store HTC Vive

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HTC Vive offers immersive room scale virtual reality experience.While it is the most expensive of all headsets on the market, if you want to enjoy VR in its finest form currently available, the Vive is well worth your money. The Vive does however have few drawbacks. Besides having to dedicate the space for your virtual playground, deal with cable management, the most frequently known problem users encounter is – where and how to store Vive when it isn’t in use?

You can also see our suggestions on how to store Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch, and while you can use the same or similar setup, we discovered a few more ways to store Vive.

HTC Vive Stand

Fancy but pricey solution, beautifully made from different types of wood, each with it’s own distinctive hue. The only downside of the HTC Vive Stand is the price – it costs over $100. It is designed to store Vive controllers and the headset itself.

If the money is not an issue for you, make sure to visit VR merch for the additional offer of interesting and useful VR related products like this HTC Vive Controller Charging Stand.

Hyperkin Polygon VR Protector Bag

Some would say that just a regular Ikea shoebox would do the trick, but if you tend to travel places where you’d want to take your Vive with you, Hyperkin Polygon VR Protector Bag is the universal solution not just for the Vive, but PSVR and Oculus Rift as well.

This isn’t the only travel and storage solution and there are many others available on the market,  like this impact-proof and watertight looking HTC Vive Pelican Travel & Storage Case. The case is bulky and has plenty of extra room if you need to bring some extra accessories with you.

VRGE – Virtual Reality Hardware Charging Dock

Team VRGE is sterted their kickstarter campaign and are working tirelessly to create the unified VR stand/charger. It is essentially a neat charging dock, with an immaculate and simple design. The VRGE can charge and store Vive and PSVR controllers respectively.

VRGE doesn’t only look pretty, but is also very practical, since it helps you organize, protect and store Vive or PSVR simultaneously. The VRGE is both horizontally and vertically compact, and you can mount it to the wall or just place it on your desk. The launch of this product is estimated for December 2017, so if you haven’t yet found the best way to store Vive, this VRGE might be the one worth waiting for!

Simple DIY solutions

There are many posts on Reddit about organizing your VR designated playground and the hardware. You can make the simple, yet effective setup submitted on Reddit using only 5 simple to install and cheap guitar hangers.

If you don’t want to be bothered with any of these, you can just use the shipment box that the Vive came with. However, if you want to put your precious Vive on display for everyone to see, buy a mannequin head, or come up with an original solution like this guy.

Using Multiple HTC Vives in a Single Play-Space

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Two Vives in a Single Play Space

You can have (two or more) HTC Vives at the same time if you can get them to get along, and work out all the kinks in the relationship.

Oh, did I just say that?

I meant that it can be challenging for people setting up a space for VR to use two or more Vives in it at once.

It often happens that to save space, a person might want to set up two Vives, each connected to its own PC, in the same ‘active area’.

Could this cause problems?

Well, yes and no.

Let’s say you and your friend each bought Vives, and you want to use them in the same space. What would your experience be like?

The challenging test, of course, it getting the Vives to work in the same play-space.

Set up the Vives one at a time (we’ll go into this in more detail a little later), and go to it. They should work perfectly fine, except that you may have the occasional issue with tracking. I think this is due to each person in the Virtual Space momentarily blocking the other one. Very minor, really.

Each headset will reach out to the lighthouses, as well as interfacing with its own controllers. You might have one set of controllers tracking the wrong computer, but this is easy to handle – just exchange controllers with the other user.

But if you do set up the two devices in the same space, it’s loads of fun – a completely different experience from playing alone in an area.

The real problems – accidents!

Yes, accidents are the real problem with using two Vives in the same space. After all, two people, each with a VR headset on their heads – and effectively blind – are using the same play-space. In an active game, with both players moving around, it’s inevitable that their paths should cross – and they might have accidents. Not only could they hurt each other, but they could damage some of that expensive VR equipment.

This is the real reason why it’s recommended that you keep play-spaces separate. This is accentuated by the fact that lighthouses become much less effective as the distance from them increases.

The ideal method of dealing with this if you want to use the same space is to create artificial boundaries between the players so that there is no danger of them ‘making contact’. Simply place some furniture as a barrier between the play-spaces of the two players to enforce this in the ‘real world’.

Placing your lighthouses to prevent tracking issues…

The light-houses are just that – light-houses. All they do is send out light – it’s a very basic function. What this means (for our purposes) is that two headsets can easily ‘run’ off a single lighthouse. Because they are essentially such a simple device, it also means that one person could potentially ‘block’ a lighthouse, causing the tracking problems I mentioned earlier. Essentially, you – or your controllers – might ‘jump around’ in VR, or appear to be somewhere else from where they actually are.

The ideal lighthouse arrangement is to have two lighthouses where either player cannot easily occlude them – but not more!

THIS IS CRUCIAL…
Don’t use more than two lighthouses, as this has been known to ‘confuse’ multiple Vives and cause tracking problems.

Yes, if you set up more than two lighthouses, this can actually ‘confuse’ the Vives.

Reacting to Tracking issues when they occur…

Tracking issues are always based upon your respective positions, and you’ll find them repeating when you and your fellow-player are in certain positions in the play-space. If you note these positions and experiment with the positioning of the lighthouses, you should find that you can find a placement where ‘tracking problems’ are vastly reduced.

As I mentioned earlier, you need to find a placement for the lighthouses where you and your partner cannot block each other from either lighthouse – at least not for more than a few seconds.

Setting up a play-space with two Vives – Step-by-Step

You have to start with setting up one Vive. Set it up, and ensure that tracking is perfect before you go on to set up the second one. Here’s how you go about it…

  • Start with setting up the play space. Put up both the lighthouses, as well as any furniture you intend to use as a barrier between the players. We suggest you use something soft. Alternatively, set up a ‘mental boundary’ – Both players start ten feet apart, and no one moves more than two feet forward. But this isn’t as good as a physical barrier
  • Now set up the first headset, connecting it to the computer, and running SteamVR’s room-scaling setup.
  • After this is done, you need to exit SteamVR, and allow the controllers and the headset to power down.
  • Now you do the same with the second headset and PV – once again, you will need to run SteamVR’s room-scaling setup on the second computer.
  • That’s it – just go to your first computer, start SteamVR once again, and you’re good to go – the lighthouses should be detected, and both Vives should be working together.

Here’s a fairly advanced experiment in using two Vives in the same space…

This experiment uses Microsoft’s sophisticated ‘hands-free’ Kinect ‘controller’ system for additional tracking…

More than two Vives

You can have more than two Vives operating in the same space if you run them off a pair of lighthouses (but not more than two, remember?) – We’ve seen four run this way without problems, so far. It goes without saying that you’ll have to demarcate each player’s ‘territory’ – but do that and everything should work just fine. The Vives should operate with a minimum of tracking issues.

Remember, so long as you and your fellow players don’t actually batter each other in the real world by crossing into each other’s physical space, your Vives should have no problems sharing the same play-space.

Need to Be Alone? These VR Experiences are Perfect for You!

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Alone Time in VR

Every once in a while, people may feel the urge to spend some quality alone time by themselves. This is nothing unusual, and the need to be alone is manifested differently for each individual, but it is crucial for getting to know ourselves better, which should be one of the highest priorities for each and every one of us.

If you want to achieve a mental balance through mindfulness, be sure to check out our selection of best VR Meditation Apps, which may pave the way towards your inner peace. Additionally, these VR experiences are perfect if you need to be alone!

360° Nature, Travel & Relaxation VR Experiences

Atmosphaeres are making motivational VR 360° videos designed for relief from stress, pain and anxiety. On their website, there are currently over ten experiences available, with different themes – therapy, travel, nature and relaxation. Most of the content is made for users who like to enjoy remote and quiet places in the comfort of their own home.

If you want to enjoy some time alone, the videos we would recommend are The Bavarian Alps, Ireland or some of the beach scenarios. The content available is paid, with prices starting from $1.99 for a 15-30 minute video. You can download the app via Google Play.

William Briscoe’s 360° Time-lapse Photography

The photographer William Briscoe specializes in capturing time-lapse footage of the night sky, mostly in Alaska. Well, we got to feel blessed William Briscoe is resident of Alaska, because he is able to capture some of the nature’s most beautiful phenomena such as Aurora Borealis, The Midnight Sun, or the Milky Way over the Arctic – the wonders that many people put at the top of their must-see list.

Make sure to follow William Briscoe Photography official youtube channel, if you enjoy spending your time alone staring at the majestic Alaskan night sky. William’s most recent videos are available in 8K quality.

RelaxVR

The research has already proved that VR is an effective way to treat stress and anxiety. In certain situations, VR can invoke the exact same mind and body reactions as the real-world experiences would, due to its capability to create a realistic illusion of you actually being in the simulated scenario.

In RelaxVR you are able to visit some of the most serene locations around the world, complemented by melodious ambient music. You can choose between two meditation methods available – simple breath awareness meditation, or you can try out a guided meditation called Yoga Nidra.

Edge of Home

In this virtual-reality experience you become an astronaut stationed at the International Space Station (ISS). You get to enjoy a genuine spacewalk and also learn about each of the components that make up the ISS modules.

Download Edge of Home via Google Play

Life VR’s Lumen

Explore the bio-luminescent forest with Lumen in this interactive anti-stress virtual reality experience. Soundtrack, which is composed by Susumi Yokota, is evolving as you interact with the vivid environment. The experience doesn’t last more than 5 minutes, but you will surely enjoy immersing into it repeatedly.