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Today is your last chance to back the Sixense STEM Kickstarter!

The STEM Kickstarter, which passed its $250,000 goal just a few hours after launching back on the 12th of September, is now into its final day. The campaign has raised more than twice its goal — currently sitting right near a whopping $600,000.

STEM is the next evolutionary step of the popular Razer Hydra — Sixense has redesigned their magnetic motion tracking technology, improving performance while taking the system wireless, and adding support for up to five tracking points. The company recently demonstrated full five point tracking using a STEM prototype.

Sixense passed their first stretch goal (set at $550,000) and are rewarding their backers by making the STEM base station wireless as well, which should make setting up for VR gaming a breeze. A second stretch goal at $700,000 will see Sixense adding Android and iOS support to STEM.

For those asking whether or not you should back the Sixense STEM Kickstarter… if you have an Oculus Rift, the answer is yes. STEM is likely to become a foundation for VR motion input and even third-party motion peripherals. If you’re holding off until the Oculus Rift consumer kit, you’ll probably be fine to pick up a STEM post-Kickstarter.

Sixense says that the earliest expected STEM units will be sent out to backers starting in July 2014.

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