3D Printing an Accessory Dock for XR Controllers and its Exemplary Use as XR Stylus

, , , , and . 27th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, page 1-3. Osaka, Japan, Association for Computing Machinery, (2021)
DOI: 10.1145/3489849.3489949


This article introduces the accessory dock, a 3D printed multipurpose extension for consumer-grade XR controllers that enables flexible mounting of self-made and commercial accessories. The uniform design of our concept opens new opportunities for XR systems being used for more diverse purposes, e.g., researchers and practitioners could use and compare arbitrary XR controllers within their experiments while ensuring access to buttons and battery housing. As a first example, we present a stylus tip accessory to build an XR Stylus, which can be directly used with frameworks for handwriting, sketching, and UI interaction on physically aligned virtual surfaces. For new XR controllers, we provide instructions on how to adjust the accessory dock to the controller’s form factor. A video tutorial for the construction and the source files for 3D printing are publicly available for reuse, replication, and extension (https://go.uniwue.de/hci-otss-accessory-dock).

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