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In terms of Immersiveness, things like Headtracking and Positional Tracking are big contributors to the degree of Immersiveness that can be delivered.
There is however another element in VR which is of ciritical importance to the experience: Controllers & Haptical Devices. After all, you sometimes just need a controller to find your way in the Virtual World.

It’s good to make a clear distinction here between Controllers and the so called “Haptical devices”

Controllers that are now (or soon will be) available can be roughly divided in 2 groups:

  • Conventional gamepads and controllers (like the Xbox One controller that is bundled with the Rift)
  • Intuitive Tracking controllers like the Oculus Touch and the Steam VR controller.

We can give a long and detailed (boring) explanation on this but when thinking about Tracking controllers: Think Nintendo Wii and you get the picture.

gloveone_butterflyWhere a controller is limited to controlling an Avatar or a weapon, A Haptic Device takes it one step further.
Haptical basically means that “physical” feedback is given to a person, this feedback can be in the form of vibrations, movement or other means of noticeable action.

One example of Haptical Devices are the so called “Haptic Gloves” where the person wearing them is able to see its own hands in Virtual Space, little vibrating elements are creating the suggestion of actually touching objects.
If you want to take it even further: several companies are developing “Harnasses” and full body suits with haptical feedback in them, one of the examples here is the “Rapture Vest” from VR Themepark The Void.

 

3DRudder announces retail price and launchdate

By | 2016-10-23T19:14:40+00:00 23 December 2015|Categories: Controllers & Haptics, News, VR Hardware|

Marseille (France) based 3DRudder announced that they will present their unique motion controller at CES 2016 (January) On top of that the retailprice and launchdate have been revealed; the device will go on sale in March 2016 and will set you back $175,- The 3DRudder Motion Controller is a rather unique VR motion controller which

VRGO chair passes Kickstarter goal

By | 2016-06-28T09:34:09+00:00 27 November 2015|Categories: Controllers & Haptics, Market developments, News, VR Business, VR Hardware|

UK based VRGo chair has past the 20.000 Kickstarter goal marker with 6 days left on the clock. 156 participants so far backed the Wireless controller that you will actually sit on to navigate through the VR landscape. Check out the VRGO chair company profile for more details. A stretched goal of 23.000 has been announced,

Virtuix Omni pre-orders start shipping in December

By | 2016-06-28T09:32:49+00:00 25 November 2015|Categories: Controllers & Haptics, News, VR Hardware|

VRfocus reports that Virtuix Omni will start shipping pre-ordered devices to consumers in December 2015, Jan Goetgeluk, Virtuix CEO was in direct contact with VRFocus and stated: “We start production of the Omni next week and will deliver the first units as soon as next month,” Production will start next week and the first 20