Follow the setup instructions included in both products and ensure the hardware
is operational. Next run the Configurator program, check the Use
VR box to enable VR, and click the Save button to save
configuration options. At this time HTC Vive is not supported.
When you run SOSx with VR enabled on a system where Rift has been installed,
you have the option of putting on the Rift headset to experience SOSx. With the
Rift on, you will see the Earth in the distance and you will also see a virtual
version of your hand. If you extend your index finger, you can touch buttons to
activate them. When first starting SOSx, you will see two buttons in the main
panel floating in front of the Earth: a Search button and a Navigate button.
You can touch a dataset button to open that dataset. Note that you will see the
dataset in your Rift and any user at the touch screen will also see the dataset
load. If you load a dataset that can be animated (e.g., a dataset with
multiple images, one for each time) then you’ll see a legend on the left, and
below the main panel you’ll see the Animation window. Press the buttons to
pause, rewind, advance frames, etc.
If you load a tour with 360 degree content (bubbles) like the Florida Keys
National Marine Sanctuary Tour, you’ll see a VR window that enables you to
choose which 360 degree “bubble” to fly into.
If you press the Christ of the Abyss button with your
finger, for example, you will fly into that 360 degree bubble and can look
around. Once inside the bubble, you can exit back out by touching the
Exit 360 Bubble button.