[visionlist] Now available - PsychoPy Oculus Rift integration libraries

Laurie Wilcox lwilcox at yorku.ca
Tue Oct 2 09:44:03 -05 2018

Dear Colleagues, 

  My PhD student Matthew Cutone has developed and released an interface for the Oculus Rift HMD for use with PsychPy we’re calling it “PsychXR”. 

PsychXR is a collection of Python extension libraries for interfacing with head-mounted displays, intended for research applications in neuroscience and psychology. While other solutions may exist, PsychXR is developed considering the needs of the vision science community. Removing the "black-boxes" proprietary game engines impose between your application and the HMD's API.

The libraries are written in Cython, providing high-performance API access, leaving more headroom per-frame for your application code. PsychXR can be used on its own to add HMD support to OpenGL applications. However, it's considerably easier to develop experiments using PsychoPy which uses PsychXR to provide HMD support.  To install simply follow the instructions on the psychXR GitHub site:

https://github.com/mdcutone/psychxr <https://github.com/mdcutone/psychxr>

NOTE: Currently you will also need to download PsychoPy v 3.0.0 (beta 10) to use the PsychXR integration:  

https://github.com/psychopy/psychopy/releases <https://github.com/psychopy/psychopy/releases>
PsychXR is released under the MIT license, which makes it acceptable to distribute, inspect and modify the code as you see fit. Enjoy!

Laurie & Matthew

ps. Attribution information is included at the end of the Readme file https://github.com/mdcutone/psychxr/blob/master/README.md <https://github.com/mdcutone/psychxr/blob/master/README.md>

:: Laurie M. Wilcox ::

Department of Psychology
York University

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