After the announcement of the Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) initiative last month during CES, it seems that the idea might be catching on. Today OSVR is announcing the addition of 13 new partners, like Jaunt and VisiSonics, and the organization is also launching the OSVR Academia Program which it says will provide 10 of its ‘Hacker Development Kit’ VR headsets to qualifying universities.
OSVR is a two part initiative, formed initially in partnership with PC peripheral maker Razer and professional HMD maker Sensics, which aims to supply a single open-source SDK that developers can use to support multiple VR headsets, input devices, and more, with a single integration. The other half of the initiative is the Hacker Development Kit (HDK) an open-source $199 VR headset that the organization says will have a fully open-sourced design and schematics that are available to anyone for hacking, manufacturing, and more.
The announcement of 13 news partners supporting OSVR brings the total count to 38. Many of the new partners will be well known to those following the VR space.[one-half-first]
Foot controlled 3D motion controller
Creators of the Virtualizer VR treadmill
Spatial audio solution for VR
Cinematic VR production company, working on their own camera hardware and content
Developing a “massively-distributed 3D simulation engine” for the metaverse
Computer vision input solutions[/one-half-first][one-half]
- Sonic VR
Hardware and software for VR audio
- Tactical Haptics
Developing a haptic feedback system for hand input solutions
- Tammeka Games
Developers of Radial-G
- VR Bits
Developers of Darkfield VR and Nighttime Terror
- VR Union
Creators of the ‘RiftUp’ DK1 HD upgrade kit and VR headset manufacturer
OSVR Academia Program
Today the OSVR Academia Program is also revealed. The program aims give 10 Hacker Development Kits each to qualifying universities that “have or intend to set up a full VR lab.”
So far it isn’t clear exactly how they will qualify universities for the OSVR Academia Program, however OSVR encourages interested parties to inquire on the ‘Join OSVR’ page on the official website.
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