One of my favorite Onion articles ever is about a down-on-his-luck man who tried to build a PlayStation 2 in his home seminar as a Christmas benefaction for his game-loving son. we bring that up since Oculus has expelled open source plans and files for its second Rift Development Kit on Github under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The recover comes some-more than 3 years after the DK2 started selling for $350 (or what finished up being much some-more on the used market).
The CAD drawings, firmware files, and electrical schematics technically yield all you need to know to build the early, 960×1080 Rift antecedent from a recovered Galaxy Note 3 screen assembly. There are plans for the tracking sensor, multi-part USB cable, and even the strange packaging. That said, Oculus operative Nirav Patel warns in a blog post that “some of the components of DK2 are severe or unfit to source today, so it may not be probable for an particular to build a full headset from the supposing files.” That said, “we wish that tools of this recover are useful yet as learnings if zero else!”
In that same blog post, Patel also mentions cancelled plans for a “DKHD” dev pack that was “smaller and lighter than DK1 and had a illusory pixel density.” Those spec improvements were scuttled in the follow-up dev pack in preference of softened pixel persistence, modernise rates, latency, and tracking for what would turn the DK2.
Today’s recover comes 3 years after the recover of open source plans for the first Oculus Rift growth kit, and it seems to show a continued joining to singular tech pity from the company. Earlier this year, Oculus recommitted to operative with Khronos on a set of open source standards, attempting to create common APIs that let competing headsets, trackers, and program platforms work with any other. Oculus has had a churned record with such honesty overtures in the past, and the company has faced critique for shopping up disdainful program for the Rift platform.
The new open source recover comes in allege of the Oculus Connect conference, which starts today. Oculus is widely approaching to announce a lower-priced, wireless standalone headset among other initiatives, and Ars will be on site for all the news from San Jose.