PocketStrafe is a mobile app for VR locomotion
PocketStrafe turns your iPhone or Android mobile device into an awesome VR game controller. It works for most any game or application that allows your character to move freely.
With PocketStrafe, you run in VR by running in-place, which reduces motion sickness, gives you some exercise, and is tons of fun. Download the iPhone/Android and PC apps, put your phone in your pocket, and start moving.
Fully compatible with Vive, Rift, or any VR system that runs on Windows.
Calibrate the app to your own body. Customize the inputs, or just use the defaults.
Works with most PC games
You can choose to send keyboard, generic joystick, or Xbox controller inputs.
Place the phone in your pocket and start running in place.
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How it Works
Gamepads often lead to motion sickness as your virtual character instantly wrenches into motion. Your brain is confused: you aren't walking and yet you're moving forward. But try to run at full speed in your living room and you'll probably injure yourself!
Omni-directional treadmills are fun, but they're bulky, expensive and a little silly. The required gait isn't very natural.
Running in-place is very similar to running forward. In fact, running in-place has been used for over a century by running coaches and trainers. It's a fun and legitimate form of exercise.
PocketStrafe takes advantage of this fact and uses your iPhone's internal sensors to detect when you're running in-place.
Moving through virtual environments using PocketStrafe is an incredible, immersive experience. You feel like you're running because you are running. We found ourselves foregoing traditional methods of VR locomotion, such as teleportation, entirely. PocketStrafe is just more fun.
With PocketStrafe, we've completed the VR-tracking loop. HMDs track your head/neck, controllers track your arms and hands, and PocketStrafe tracks your legs and torso. Finally, virtual freedom!