Oculus Acquires Nimble VR and Two Others for Computer Vision Expertise

Yesterday Oculus announced that they're acquiring Nimble VR, which launched a Kickstarter in October to fund creation of their motion input camera designed for VR headsets. Along with Nimble VR, 13th Lab and Chris Bregler also join the Oculus family. … Read the full article …

Nimble Sense Nears End of Kickstarter Campaign, Reaches First $120,000 Stretch Goal

Nimble Sense, the hand tracking controller designed to work with head mounted displays, has surpassed its first stretch goal of $120,000, nearly doubling its base funding goal of $62,500. With only a few days left until the crowdfunding campaign closes, the team behind the mountable sensor are undoubtedly rubbing their virtual hands together in anticipation of what comes next after such a successful Kickstarter -- and for backers, that means getting a few more dials to play with that could … Read the full article …

Sixense Shows off STEM Tracking With Impressive Ping Pong Demo

Sixense, creators of the tracking technology in the Razer Hydra, have been hard at work over the last year developing Hydra's successor, STEM. The company has also recently announced that STEM will be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR for both positional tracking and motion input. The company's latest demo, a ping pong experience, shows off the accuracy and latency of the motion input system. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Save $10 on a Leap Motion VR Developer Bundle

Leap has made available a new bundle which will save developers $10 when buying the Leap Motion controller and corresponding VR mount for the Oculus Rift VR headset. … Read the full article …

Kickstarter Roundup: Nimble Sense Passes Goal with 38 Days Remaining, Riftmax Theater Moves On to 7th Stretch Goal

Nimble Sense and Riftmax Theater both launched Kickstarter campaigns recently and both are going well. Nimble Sense has passed its goal with plenty of time remaining, and Riftmax Theater is closing in on their 7th stretch goal. … Read the full article …

Nimble Sense Kickstarter Aims to Bring Time-of-Flight Depth-sensing Tech to VR on the Cheap

Today Nimble VR launches a Kickstarter campaign for Nimble Sense, a natural input controller that the company says was designed for virtual reality input. And while Nimble Sense doesn't at first appear to be much different than Leap Motion, the company says they're using 'time-of-flight' depth sensing technology, like what's used in the Kinect 2, which they say has unique benefits. … Read the full article …

Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Dev Contest Offers $75k in Prizes for Leap-Based Experiences, Starts October 19th

Leap Motion is teaming up with IndieCade for a '3D Jam' dev contest which utilizes the company's motion controller. Leap recently released a 'VR Mount' for their motion controller which connects to the front of the Oculus Rift and the company is hoping to see VR-based and desktop submissions from developers pining for $75,000 in prizes. … Read the full article …

Sixense Releases 3D Printable Components to Create Add-ons for STEM Motion Controller

After a successful Kickstarter in October of 2013, Sixense is nearing completion of their STEM motion controller. Prior to the first units shipping out to backers, the company it's releasing 3D printable components which will allow hobbyists and hardware makers to create add-on accessories, like gun, sword, and other attachments, for the controller and STEM Pack. … Read the full article …

Perception Neuron More Than Doubles Kickstarter Goal for VR Input Suit at $572,000

Perception Neuron, a VR motion input suit by Beijing-based Noitom Technology, took to Kickstarter on August 8th and came to a very successful conclusion yesterday, reeling in nearly $572,000, more than twice the campaign's $250,000 goal. Perception Neuron uses up to 30 tiny sensors to track movement from entire limbs down to individual fingers. … Read the full article …

News Bits: HL2VR 1.4 Mod Released, The Best Half-Life 2 Experience Just Got Better

Back in October 2013 Road to VR's Ben Lang described HL2VR, a Half-Life 2 mod specially crafted to make playing in VR as cool as possible, as "The best way to experience Half-Life 2." The new version (1.4) is out and brings Oculus Rift DK2 support and the ability to play through both Episode 1 and 2 of Half-Life 2. … Read the full article …

Leap Motion’s Next-gen ‘Dragonfly’ Sensor is Designed for VR Headsets

Leap Motion creates a gesture camera for hand tracking input. The company has been progressively pivoting their technology toward virtual reality, and now appear to be going all-in on the emerging industry with a tease of a next-generation sensor, codenamed 'Dragonfly', along with a VR Mount for the Oculus Rift and VR-focused updates to the company's SDK. … Read the full article …

Three New STEM VR Controller Videos Show Incredible Lightsaber and Gun Interactions

I am incredibly excited about the near-future of VR after seeing these three new videos from Sixense, makers of the forthcoming STEM VR controller. The new videos demonstrate the exciting user experiences that become possible when players move from abstracted controllers to natural motion input. … Read the full article …

SVVR and Road to VR Host the U.S. Virtualizer Debut August 19th in Mountain View California

The Cyberith Virtualizer Comes to the US for the First Time for Live Demonstrations … Read the full article …

TrinityVR Bringing 360 Degree Tracking to Magnum, Partners with Striker VR for Realistic Gun Recoil

One of the biggest concerns with single-camera based optical tracking solutions is occlusion—when the tracking target is hidden from the camera's view. TrinityVR has announced that they are working to bring multi-camera support to the Magnum VR motion controller, eliminating the occlusion issue, to enable 360 degree tracking. … Read the full article …