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Ceiling Mounted VR Support Rig

A support rig for VR to keep you in the same spot in real life as you walk in VR. Use this with my VR shoes.

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This project is for my support rig I created for my passive VR shoes. You can see it in action here.

This project contains a complete guide on how to build the support rig. Before you decide if you want to build it, please keep in mind the following.

  • Please take a look at more demo videos in this playlist to make sure that this is something you want to build.
  • This rig supports crouching and sitting, with adjustable crouching distances.
  • You need a low ceiling, so setting this up in a basement is best. The distance between my floor and ceiling is 7ft.
  • You need to drill into two beams in your ceiling.
  • You can store the rig up at the ceiling, out of the way, when you are not using it. The platform you walk on can be leaned up against a wall.

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    Before you start

    Here is the full BOM with all the parts, quantities, prices, and links to where to buy them.

    You need a low ceiling, so a basement works best. In my case the distance between the floor and the ceiling is 7ft.

    You will need to drill into two beams in your ceiling.

    I encourage you to read through all the instructions here before you assemble anything to make sure you have a clear understanding of what each step's purpose is and how it fits into the whole assembly.

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    Measure the distance between beams

    Measure the distance between the beams in your ceiling. If you can't see the beams directly you'll need to use a stud finder.

    Find the distance between the center of one beam to the center of the other. In my case that distance is about 16in, for you it may be different. Also find the distance between the outer edges of each beam. In my case this was about 18in. Remember these two distances.

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    Cut angle and tube for ceiling brace

    You will be assembling the part of the rig, at the top, that is highlighted in the following image (has the orange lines around it). This is the part that is screwed to the beams in your ceiling.

    Take your 1in angle (row 2 in BOM) and cut 2 pieces, each piece should be as long as the distance between the outer edges of each beam. In my case, I cut 2 18in long pieces. 

    Take your 1in square tube (row 4) and cut 2 pieces. If represents the length of your angle pieces (18in in my case), then each square tube will be of length (X/2 - 0.5)in. So in my case, 8.5in. You will end up with something like the following image, only that your lengths may be different. Ignore the holes in the pieces for a second, we'll get to that. You are going to want a 1in square hole in the middle of the brace as I show in the image, which is how I derived the  (X/2 - 0.5)in equation.

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