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Build custom arm model for VR

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It's time for some fun. An awesome use case in how to use quaternions to achieve portable results. If you aren't familiar with quaternions, please feel free to review them in my previous article. If that's confusing, it's no problem, you can use the code from below, but it might be a bit tough to understand without the prerequisite math knowledge.So let's write the inspiration:
Notice that controller?
One here too! In the world of mobile VR, the two main systems, Google's Daydream and Oculus' mobile GearVR, are both now shipping with a controller that is used much like a laser pointer in the virtual world. While both Google and Oculus provide an SDK for working with the controller, much of what it takes to work with it is missing in any form of documentation. Thus most apps rely upon other people's controller implementation and create a project wide dependency (Unity, Unreal) just for one very small aspect of the application. Also, my project, the V…

Quaternions

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As I'm starting to put together the drone VR project, I've noticed that I've been remiss in explaining a facet of programming we're going to be depending upon; that while well understood among mathematicians, is viewed as too complex for most programmers. One of the many tasks that we often face in VR or game development is a need to know orientation. That is how to rotate objects so they appear oriented in a manner that we have planned.Now the easiest way to handle rotations is to use Euler angles. That is to say imagine a 3d cartesian coordinate system centered at the center of the 3d object we want to rotate. The straight forward way of doing it, is to say rotate it around the each axis a certain number of degrees in 3 separate steps. The above shows how a Gimbal works. They have the properties of being extremely easy to understand while also being susceptible to a very problematic detail. If one dimension rotates too close to another, then both dimension rotat…

Build executables for any ARM device

Android Studio has given developers a new IDE to create apps that work in Android. Now with the recent addition of CMake integration, it has also given us Embedded Developers something a bit more. We now have an IDE that can target not only Android but any device that runs linux on a supported ABI.Shock, horror, no, it's good to react with eagerness and let our inner hacker out. When building apps for Raspberry Pi, Snapdragon's family of boards, or any embedded device running linux, instead of creating a cross compiler; we can use the one that Google provided. In this blog post, I'm going to dedicate us to the lofty goal of a traditional Hello World compiled from Android Studio, and run on a Snapdragon 410c. It's simple really, so let's get started.1st, create a module or new project, then get Android Studio to use CMakeLists.txt. From here, we need to start doing things that aren't part of the documentation.We need to create an executable. However, the l…