Navi turns phone into VR controller

Navi demo screenshot.
Navi demo screenshot.

Press release: New open source platform turns iOS, Android devices into Vr controllers

Navi is an app that transforms your smartphone or tablet into a controller by sending your device’s rotations and touch gestures to your virtual reality headset.

Developed in Unity, Navi is designed to be easy to use, flexible to develop for, and accessible to many users. Simply download the app from the Google Play Store for Android or App Store for iOS, launch a virtual reality application that supports Navi as a controller, and begin interacting with your environment. The barrier to entry is purposefully minimal, which will be critical for the success of virtual reality if it is to be the next platform used by the mass consumer market, not just gaming.

Navi connects to any type of virtual reality device using your local network, which allows it be a multi-platform solution.

This includes connecting to mobile headsets like the Gear VR or Google Cardboard. While it is true that with these two platforms, the consumer’s smartphone is already being using as the virtual reality display, many users will also have a tablet or an old smartphone that they can use as the Navi controller.

Currently, there are three small demos available to test out Navi. Jelly Fling and Pirate Defense are two demos designed for the Oculus Rift DK2.

The third demo, NaviSnap, is designed for Google Cardboard or a Project Tango device. If you would like to see how to set the demos up, you may take a look at the videos on Navi’s Youtube channel.

If you are a developer, the code is available on Github, where you can download it and start integrating it into your new or existing projects.