You know, people are quite creative and have made some effective, if not a bit funny, solutions to the Oculus Rift sensor mount problem.
Here are a few of them:
I am sure a lot of inspiration can be gathered from these magnificent photos. Unfortunately, many of them are susceptible to outside influence and can easily break should you have contact with it.
That’s why it’s best to invest in something sturdy. Something that looks good to the eye, isn’t as attention-grabbing, and is overall low-profile.
Before Installing Oculus Rift Sensor Mounts!
There are some important points to keep in mind. Apart from making them sturdy. make sure they are in the correct rotation. They shouldn’t really be sideways, only in a standing position, or upside down.
The next important point is that always, and I mean always, be prepared for a bad signal. Before you start drilling holes in your home, you should make sure that the signal is good and ready in that position, and nothing interrupts it. Interruption can be caused by things blocking the way, mirrors, sunlight, reflective objects. Read this article on improving your tracking quality.
Also, don’t forget that your cables have to be long enough. If they are not, I recommend checking out HDMI extensions.
So, let’s get back to mounting our VR trackers. Here is what I recommend:
Recommendation nr. 1
Buy a sensor mount: VideoSecu 2-6 inch Wall/Ceiling Mounts.
I recommend it as my number one pick because they are incredibly sturdy, can be turned and rotated in whatever way you want, and are already used by many Oculus Rift users.
They come in two, so if you have three or more sensors, two of these need to be ordered.
As you can see, they are actually really customizable, so if it’s necessary, you can screw HTC Vive lighthouse with them.
Depending on if you rent a place and whether the landlord permits it, making holes in the ceiling or on the walls isn’t allowed.
That is one of the minuses of this recommendation. If you are one of them who can’t drill holes in your apartment or house, then you should check out the following recommendations.
Recommendation nr. 2
Buy a sensor mount: Oculus Rift CV1 Compatible Sensor Wall Mounts.
It is a great mount that is meant only for Oculus Rift sensors.
There are many benefits to this one compared to the previously drilled mount.
The first and the most obvious one is that you won’t have to drill holes to set these up. They use special command strips that can be placed on the wall without the need of damaging your ceiling or walls.
The only thing you need to keep in mind is that once you glue these to your desired location, you need to try to avoid placing them in other places. These strips are to be used only once. Also, don’t place them sideways, or upside down. Otherwise, it’ll be raining sensors in a couple of days at home.
Good thing is, unlike VideoSecu mounts, you can get 4 of them in one pack. Use the additional ones for more sensors or as a backup.
Here is a commercial video for those strips:
These product videos are sometimes so cheesy, I feel like Saul Goodman would take notes from them. But, over-the-top commercials aside, they actually perform well.
These strips work with painted, textured, and smooth surfaces.
Recommendation nr. 3
Buy these magnets: DIYMAG Neodymium Hole Magnets.
This solution is a bit different from the previous ones. Compared to other solutions, it is dead simple to install and remove your sensors. Credit to /u/jimythetulip for inventing this ingenious setup.
Here is how it works:
These magnets come in 10, as well as 10 screws. They are extremely strong, so be careful not to have your fingers in between the magnetic field.
Since the sensor base is ferromagnetic also, you can easily stick them without needing to attach a second sensor to the base.
You either screw these magnets to a good position in your room (there is a hole in the center of the magnet) or find some kind of a magnetic surface in your room and stick in on that.
You won’t need to worry about signal interference or something similar, everything will work just fine.
I like that solution a lot since it is very easy to attach and detach, isn’t expensive, and is very low profile. To other people, it would seem as though the sensor is simply glued to the wall.
That’s it! If you have any other awesome suggestions or methods that you used for mounting Oculus Rift sensors, do let us know in the comments!
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