Well those that have tried VR know it is very hard to convince anyone with words as we know, and watching someone in VR looks a bit dorky, and viewing a video of what they see does not provide the immersion that makes VR what it is.
Using a proprietary 60 Ghz data signal along with 2.4 ghz for head tracking, this unit provides the freedom needed for a positive VR experiance.
Since it is OSVR (open source VR) compatible it adds some credentials to a standard beginning to form for VR. While many HMD’s will have specs outreaching others, there are compatibility issues yet to be realized and a OSVR standard will probably be a minimum far reaching standard for VR itself.
More details on release are due out this fall 2016.
LeapMotion was maybe the first outstanding real world use input devices for hand tracking to the VR world.
Although they have publicly stated that they will ship their hand tracking sensor with some major HMD manufacture in 2016, the claim is very short on details.
Having a easy to use input device or service inside of the VR world has been a problem for the industry, few deny that hand tracking is probably the easiest way to make use of more complex navigation and tool-sets in VR.
So the latest simple demo released by LeapMotion shows just how easy this all can be. Turning hand gestures into actions makes this much easier than trying to fumble with a keyboard, mouse or game controller while wearing a HMD.
This clearly is a game changer for mobile VR where carrying a bunch of bulky equipment is not desirable when portable.
If you are a subscriber to the NY Times, You should have your free Google Cardboard Viewer by now. Being a bit of a partnership with YouTube who also appears to be taking a long-term and fast development approach to be the point of entry for the technology.
This is a pretty costly investment for the NYT and shows a pretty good commitment to VR as a medium for delivering content to subscribers. As most would say that have tried it…
“To even have a remote chance of understanding it, You have to TRY IT !” and that is what the NYT is doing. Introducing VR to it’s subscribers.
If buying one of the soon to be released VR Goggle offerings from Oculus/Facebook, Valve/HTC, Sony, StarVR and many other less expensive Mobile adapters for your cellphone becomes appealing, the users will have their media as a IMAX experiance.
The images just don’t look the same or represent what they are like in VR !
At the time of writing, they were over 28k of a 153k goal with a November 25 target date. About 1/6 of the way there with a month to go !
With 100 degree field of view and dual 1080P display’s it is competitive with the big boys!
It should be said that this device should be able to do anything a GearVR should do but the resolution and field of view may differ.
A untethered experience is something desired for increased possibility’s for tracking positionally without the need for wires connecting you to a computer. Bringing you one step closer to the VR’s Holodeck experience Something the big boys Oculus and HTC/Vive & Sony want but have yet to deliver.
Surely they will carve out a place in the market with the price alone because the big boys toys are going to cost more than previously stated.
Magic Leap’s CEO has said in a interview with the WSJD Live that they are moving now from Research and Development to Production.
Including a move into a former Motorola Production facility.
And he states that the device, yet to be named, is NOT something you would be to geeky to be seen in.
Magic Leap’s tech is special in this way… it does not use display screens but a retina projector, directly to your eyeball. And that it is now said to be a self contained computer in itself and/or it’s own operating system.
While all of this is still very forward statements by the company, trying to distill any argument about things we don’t like about VR tech, they still have yet to show a product and release some specifications.
We probably will see developer editions first so that actual content can be created. It is likely that it will be a pretty high priced venture that will stop those that are just early adopters from soaking-up what is available from a limited production facility.