Take a walk around Jerry’s iconic pad with your Oculus Rift.
Amid all the highminded plans for the Oculus Rift, it’s nice to see that someone is developing for it just for fun. Greg Miller, a young man whose “hobbies” include urban exploration, software development, music and art, is just one of the medium’s first intrepid explorers, creating a virtual reality game that allows you to explore Jerry’s house from the iconic TV show Seinfeld in 3D virtual reality.
The project was particularly appropriate to the medium, Miller said on his website: “Television is virtual reality in some ways. We make believe that Jerry’s place is actually a Manhattan studio and Monks Cafe is just down the street. We suspend the reality that his apartment is just a set in Hollywood, with tons of cameras and lighting dangling overhead.” Allowing people to walk through a reality created by a television set can make the experience even realer for them than it is for the actors who traversed the set every day.
Miller’s interest in urban exploration no doubt helped him with the project and its attempts to recreate space, but the main goal of the project for him was educational: he wanted to learn the Blender 3D modeling platform as well as the flexible game engine Unity. All of the project’s 3D models were created by Miller himself in Blender and were based on a mixture of screenshots from the show, despite their blurriness, as well as whatever information he could scrounge up about the actual furniture that was used in the sets. Scale was a problem in some places, probably due to optical trickery used by set designers – the bedroom, for example, seemed impossible for him to fit the way the show depicted it – but he was able to make rudimentary models of all the rooms that also included references to 11 different episodes.
The project can be downloaded here for those who already have a Rift. Just don’t bump into any walls in your nostalgia-induced reverie. Check out a binocular preview below; just watch out for the opening F-bomb.