The Oculus Rift is one of the most immersive gadgets we've ever seen--just strap the glasses onto your face and you're transported to a virtual world. But if that's somehow not enough, you can help fund PrioVR, a set of sensors that monitor your movements and translate them into a game, with help from the Rift. Bend your knee, and your on-screen (or on-Oculus Rift) avatar bends along with you. Swing a sword, and so does she.
The developers of the sensors, YEI Technology, think people are willing to drop $225,000 on Kickstarter, and so far they've raised more than $21,000, with 42 days to go. If you want to get on the early adopter, train, though, it'll cost you: kits are being offered to backers at a minimum of $450.
Still, the sensors look crazy-accurate, at least if the videos from YEI are any indication.
The question, really, is how many people will actually want one of these things. To run in the game, you apparently have to physically run. If you're playing a game that spans miles and miles, does this system force you to go along with it? And if so, does that limit you to playing games that take place within a walkable distance? Questions! We'll see how many people have faith in the idea in the next 42 days.
Of the space I will be moving in, I hope it first allows me to setup my boundries, else this thing might have me walk into a wall, when visually I see none.
This technology above appears AWESOME and I WANT ONE!
This product goes with the Kickstarter project Omni by Virtuix which is a treadmill for virtual reality. This keeps you from walking into the wall in your room. I wonder if the author of this article realizes that games are not real. One step in the real world does not have to equal one step in the game (not to mention that lots of games use portals to get around).
motion capture isn't something new and while this looks amazing its real world applications are limited.
calling it virtual reality is overzealous
the only application i can see this technology being used for is adding NPC/non player characters into 1: an open field 2: pre made obstacle course.
Mix it w/ laser tag in a pre-built arena. Paint the environment however you want it to look to match the geometry of the playing field in reality.
Add it to your local bowling ally/mini-golf place/paintball place.
I agree with Bagpipes - I could totally see this, if implemented with something like Virtusphere (virtusphere.com), being part of one of those laser-tag/game centers, plus it would require a lot less floor space than laser tag and the cost for compatible games would be way less than the cost for the space. Further integrate with Multi-point Ultrasonic Haptic feedback (youtube.com/watch?v=-e8tsG4uIt0) and we've finally got ourselves a holo-deck! Sweet!
Amazing! I can't wait to see where the future takes this. I can see it being a little buggy at first but, if this catches on, and theres a market for this, I am sure it will keep getting better and better.
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"match the geometry of the playing field in reality"
Then, on day, secretly rearrange the physical objects so they don't match the virtual ones and watch the carnage unfold.
This is awesome. When I destroy people, regularly, in Halo3, I often wish I had peripheral vision, via a wrap around screen or something, and I always wish that the game would respond on my timing! This is definitely a cool tech that I am hopeful will scale up to very precise play. Def next level of gaming.
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Guys this articles is great news. Now we can combine this gadget with the "virtual reality treadmill game controller" by OMNI. Although I would make some modifications and add a feature like a chair on a bungee or hydraulic so that we have the ability to jump and kick and stay centered on top of the platform. The chair can be adjusted to sit and drive virtual vehicles too using virtual pedals and steering wheels. The options are unlimited with this combo. very exciting times for the human race. Now we can train and learn and train on a vast number of physical and machine applications like dancing, martial arts, flying a plane, helicopter or even space ships of the future!!!
virtusphere google it this is what you need to make it work
my mum in-law got a fantastic white Cadillac CTS-V Sedan by working part time off of a home computer... i thought about this Pow6.com