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 …

Cyberith Combines Virtualizer VR Treadmill with PrioVR Motion Input Suit (Video), Kickstarter Nearly Funded

Cyberith is powering ahead toward their $250,000 Kickstarter goal to bring the Virtualizer VR treadmill to market. A new video from the company shows the unit combined with the PrioVR motion tracking suit for some truly awesome full body VR gameplay. … Read the full article …

Trinity Magnum Interview and Hands-on: Oculus Source Says DK2 IR Camera Will Work for Tracking

The Trinity Magnum is the latest VR motion controller to enter the arena. Following devices like STEM and PrioVR, the Magnum aims to bring an optically tracked solution to the market and one that's significantly less expensive. Recently I got to try the Magnum for myself and sat down with TrinityVR's Chief of Product, Julian Volyn to learn more. … Read the full article …

Trinity Magnum Kickstarter Aims at Low-cost Optical Tracking for VR Input Starting at $80

Today the Trinity Magnum launches on Kickstater. While there are a number of other options in the works, the Trinity Magnum is the first to approach VR input on the PC with an optical tracking solution. Priced at $100, the Magnum aims for affordability. … Read the full article …

Cyberith Omnidirectional VR Treadmill Launches ‘Virtualizer’ Kickstarter on July 23rd

We've been following Austrian company Cyberith and its virtual reality locomotion 'controller'  the 'Virtualizer' for a while now. The Virtualizer is an omnidirectional treadmill which uses a flat base with low friction which enables a user to run, crouch and jump with movement data captured and mapped to in game controls. The team have come  along way since their public debut at Gamescom last year, where they barely made it to the show with a functional prototype. Since then they've been all … Read the full article …

News Bits: Control VR Finished Kickstarter Successfully, 176% Funded

Control VR is one of the first systems we've seen to offer a viable and technically promising finger tracking solution, or VR Glove, to VR enthusiasts. In fact, the Control VR team were so confident in their fully upper body tracking system, they sent an open invite to the VR community to come on over and try it out for themselves. The resulting feedback was almost universally positive. That positivity and confident openness seems to have transferred into genuine interest as their Kickstarter … Read the full article …