FAQ & Howto

Which equipment do I need ?

You need 2 components to run the ATLASrift application:

  • A Laptop/PC equipped with a good graphics card: standard PC/laptops are not sufficient, with them 3D graphics would not be smooth enough and people will get sea sick. Official specs and recommendations can be found here. You can find a list of "VR-ready" PCs and laptops here, too.
  • A VR headset: the immersive effect is maximal with Oculus Rift, but ATLASrift can also be run with other VR sets, like the HTC vive (tested). It should work on the new Oculus Go too, but we did not test it yet. If you have one laying around, you can also use the Oculus development version DK2, which is officially sold out, but you will need an extra controler, for example this one


How do I run ATLASrift ?

  1. Install the Oculus Rift software environment on your PC.
  2. Install ATLASRift. There are two versions: one that is universal and works with all hardware (OR, HTC vive, no VR at all),  the second is OculusRift specific. Simply unzip the file and start the executable. No need to compile, unless of course you want to controbute to the project development. 


How can I contribute to the project ?

The application was developed using Unreal Engine https://www.unrealengine.com/ and mainly targeting OculusRift. 

Contributions are very welcome, check the "Credits and Contacts" tab for more information.

The source code and the related instructions can be obtained from https://github.com/ivukotic/ATLASrift.


How can I get the application auto-update ? 

Simply send to Ilija Vukotic (ivukotic@cern.ch) the mail you used to register with Oculus. He will send you an invitation for the beta tester. In that way you will be always have the application auto-update.


What shall I see ? 

In the early versions of ATLASrift you will visit the underground ATLAS experiment installations - the detector, the cavern and side galleries - and see how LHC collision events fit into the picture. 

In 2016/2017 two levels were added: the ATLAS control room, where you will learn more about ATLAS data treatment, and the CERN Globe of Science & Innovation, where a virtual exhibit features elements from the ATLAS detector and the history of the ATLAS Collaboration through its first 25 years.


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