A couple of months ago VRFocus reported on WalkinVR, a piece of software designed to make virtual reality (VR) more accessible for those with disabilities. Recently WalkinVR released some videos showcasing how its software works.
Designed to be used by anyone who needs a wheelchair, maybe bed-bound or has the use of one arm, WalkinVR supports both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through SteamVR at present.
“WalkinVR aims at giving users with physical disabilities the freedom of unlimited movement in virtual reality. The Driver enables them to rotate and move around a virtual environment without the need of lower body motion using any VR Config in SteamVR environment,” developer Grzegorz Bednarski told VRFocus.
Bednarski plans to extend that support which can be seen in the first video. “Currently work is being done on Release 2 that will allow people with other disabilities to enjoy VR as well, he continued. “That will include spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) where problem is with keeping hands high due to weak muscles. Additionally WalkinVR will allow more control using classic gamepad so people with hand disabilities can take some of the control using their feet.”
WalkinVR is already available to download from the official website for €32 EUR. Checkout how Bednarski is making VR more accessible and for further updates on WalkinVR, keep reading VRFocus.