Tactical Haptics launched their Reactive Grip Kickstarter at the beginning of November. After a great start out of the gate, funding has slowed significantly. There’s one day left to back the Kickstarter and help make Reactive Grip a reality.
Reactive Grip is a haptic VR controller dev kit by Tactical Haptics. Reactive Grip uses sliding bars on the surface of the controller to create unique tactile sensations that go beyond mere rumble. Check out our impressions of the prototype Reactive Grip system from GDC 2013.
From the outset it seemed like Reactive Grip was going to crush its goal. Excitement for the unique controller was palpable within the VR community. Day one saw a whopping $57,491 raised of the $175,000 Kickstarter goal by 270 backers. But funding petered out quickly, with the campaign seeing an average of $2,560 per day since the start of the campaign.
Now, with one day remaining and $87,252 raised, Tactical Haptics needs significant help for the Reactive Grip Kickstarter to succeed.
Some onlookers noted the lack of integrated motion tracking and wireless as reasons for not supporting the Kickstarter. Tactical Haptics added a $245,000 stretch goal for wireless connectivity on Reactive Grip and also added the option for backers to add STEM tracking units to their order for $39 each. The STEM units would provide accurate magnetic tracking for Reactive Grip but also require the STEM base to operate.
Did you support the Reactive Grip Kickstarter? Why or why not?