Rift Runner Senior Project

I attended the University of North Carolina - Wilmington where I got a B.S. in Computer Science. For my capstone in CS we had to spend a semester working on a team project employeeing software engineering principles and design models. My teammates and I decided to go completely overboard with this and create something that we wanted to make. We wanted a project that was awesome, challenging, and allowed us to play with as many different pieces of technology as possible.

The Rift Runner is built using a 3d printer, Raspberry Pi micro-computer, webcam, wireless adapter, Xbox 360 controller, and Oculus Rift VR Headset. The individual pieces combine to create a type of remotely controlled drone. The webcam feeds video wirelessly to the user who is wearing the Oculus Rift. The webcam on the rover is mounted to three servos that control pitch, yaw, and roll allowing the camera to mimic the user's head movement. The video above goes into details regarding how the Rift Runner is built, how it works, and includes a demonstration of it in action.

We also had our work published in the 2014 International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications: ESA3398 Rift Runner – Engineering Software for a Remotely Controlled Rover.

Team Members

  • Nathan Cate
  • Sean Saunders
  • Erik Willis