Valve Reveals More Detail on ‘Knuckles’ Motion Controllers

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Valve has lifted the veil somewhat on its Knuckles controllers, first revealed as a prototype last October at the company’s annual Steam Dev Days conference. It also has a handy strap-tightening system that lets you fit the controller snug, and release with a single hand.

First Look at Valve’s New VR Controller Prototype

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Today at the Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Valve is showing off brand new prototypes of its Steam VR controllers. Today’s HTC Vive controllers are bulky compared to what’s coming. One source from the event says that each controller has 21 sensors.

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Gear VR Controller Review

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Well over two years since the first Gear VR headset was launched (but just a few months after Google’s Daydream VR headset launched) Samsung is launching a motion controller for Gear VR which adds a new layer of interactivity and brings the headset’s input scheme in line with Daydream.

Valve’s Knuckles Controllers Get Ergonomic Improvements, Begin Arriving at Devs’ Doorsteps

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Having done the core R&D for what would become the Vive controllers, Valve is continuing to iterate on VR input. Though there’s no open application to get your hands on the SteamVR Knuckles dev kit, the new controllers are now shipping to select developers.

Video: Watch Valve’s New ‘Knuckles’ VR Controller in Action

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Knuckles, Valve’s unique VR motion controller, is already in the hands of select developers who are no doubt designing ways to use the controller’s 5-finger tracking. You don’t have to click the trigger or touchpad, or even touch the controller.

Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Haptic feedback in general-purpose controllers has been limited to vibration feedback since the introduction of the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64 in 1997.

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Hands-On With Valve’s Knuckles Prototype Controllers

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Editor’s Note: Valve has started shipping the prototype Knuckles controllers to select VR developers in limited quantities. Our goal then was to deliver an experience where the player doesn’t have to think about the controller, and has only natural, gestural interactions.

Exclusive: Leap Motion Explores Ways to Make Controller-free Input More Intuitive and Immersive

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There’s an intuitive appeal to using controller-free hand-tracking input like Leap Motion’s ; there’s nothing quite like seeing your virtual hands and fingers move just like your own hands and fingers without the need to pick up and learn how to use a controller.

Microsoft Patents Wand-Like Augmented Reality Controller

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These sorts of gaming-intensive interactions would ideally best be handled by something like Microsoft’s recently revealed motion controllers , but these critically do not support HoloLens, and are only for use with the company’s line of VR headsets.

Hands-On Reports Of Valve’s New Controller Prototype

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Valve brought out its new controller prototypes at Steam Dev Days and attendees are getting hands-on demos. The new controllers strap onto the hand like a glove but feature an outer ring covered in tracking sensors. controllers hardware controller valve

Windows Reveals New Mixed Reality Controllers

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These controllers look familiar. On top of partner device and price announcements that challenge the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Microsoft also unveiled new controllers as part of mixed reality headset bundles. News Acer Controllers Hardware Microsoft Mixed Reality Windows

SIGGRAPH 2017: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind

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The game allows you to manipulate objects and battle foes with your mind, and is played entirely without handheld controllers. Controllers Hardware Neurable

Tactical Haptics Raises $2.2 Million to Build Haptic VR Controller Dev Kit

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million to create a development kit of a haptic VR controller as a stepping stone to an eventual consumer product. million to create a development kit of a Reactive Grip VR controller. Million to Build Haptic VR Controller Dev Kit appeared first on Road to VR.

Google-Approved VR Headsets With Motion Controller Coming This Fall

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To boot, Google is also providing their new VR ecosystem with a handy Wiimote-style motion controller. Google maintains that the new Daydream controller houses ‘orientation sensors’, but doesn’t specify if the controller is entirely IMU-based.

Launching Tomorrow, Sony Reveals How Farpoint’s PS VR Aim Controller Came to Life

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Farpoint , one of the most anticipated titles for PlayStation VR, hits stores tomorrow along with the new VR device it was designed alongside, the PSVR Aim Controller. But there’s no getting around the fact that the Aim Controller looks just plain odd.

Hands-On With the Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR Motion Controllers

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The HTC Vive nailed roomscale tracking first with its lighthouse base station system and wand-like motion controllers while the Oculus Rift released its Oculus Touch controllers less than a year ago. What do you think of these controllers thus far?

Developer Videos Show Valve’s Knuckles Controllers in Action

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New footage of Valve’s new ‘Knuckles’ controllers has emerged over the past few days, as developers begin to test out the new device. Valve have not revealed their plans for a consumer version of the Knuckles controllers at this time.

New Gear VR With Controller Hits Shelves Today

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More than 20 controller titles launching on day one. Unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung’s mobile Gear VR headset with motion controller is now on sale. So if you already own a Gear VR, you can pick up the controller for just $39.

Devs Use ARKit to Make an iPhone Motion Controller for HoloLens

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Here VR development studio Emergent linked together HoloLens and an iPhone with ARKit to turn the iPhone into a 6DOF motion tracked controller. Emergent has demonstrated the possibility by turning an iPhone into a motion controller for a HoloLens game.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

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In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. The controllers will be bundled with an Acer mixed reality headset later this year for around $400. What Will These Controllers Be Good For?

Hands-on: ‘PSVR Aim’ Controller Debuts with ‘Farpoint’ FPS

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Sony quietly revealed the PSVR Aim controller during their E3 2016 PlayStation VR event. We went hands-on with both the game and the controller. With the PSVR Aim controller in your hands, the weapons you wield in Farpoint feel much more tangible.

Samsung: New Gear VR and Controller Launching April 21st for $129

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On stage today at Samsung’s Unpacked Event in New York, the new Gear VR with motion controller finally got a launch date and price. The new 2017 Gear VR and Controller combo, announced alongside the Galaxy S8, will be available starting April 21st for $129.

Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action

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Earlier this week we shared our first hands-on with Microsoft’s VR controllers , but at the time the company didn’t allow us to document the session with photos or videos. The post Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action appeared first on Road to VR.

Windows VR Headset and Controller Bundles Launch This Holiday Starting at $400

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Microsoft today announced that the company will be bundling its Windows VR headsets and motion controllers, and making them available for purchase this holiday season starting at $400.

PlayStation is Developing New First Party PSVR Titles With Support for Aim Controller

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Sony’s curious looking Aim controller may not be the coolest looking peripheral out there (a dubious accolade at any rate), but after our hands-on with the device and its first supported title Farpoint was quite positive.

Oculus Touch Review: The World’s Best VR Controller

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The Rift’s biggest competitor, the HTC Vive, was able to enjoy the better part of a year as the only PC-powered VR system to boast hand-tracked controllers. Syncing the wireless Touch controllers with your PC is as simple as holding two buttons on each controller for less than 30 seconds. In most cases you can go from opening your controllers to using them in less than five minutes, assuming you already have your Rift ready to go.

Samsung Filed A Patent For Magnetic VR Hand Controllers

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Today we learned that Samsung, the creators of the Oculus-powered Gear VR headset, filed a patent in late December of last year for magnetic VR hand controllers. Based on the description in the patent and the accompanying concept image (embedded below), the controllers would be used to provide more visceral and accurate hand-tracking for the Gear VR. Concept image from Samsung’s magnetic VR controller patent.

New Magic Leap Videos Shows AR Shopping and Voice Control

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This is the first video from the company to show voice control as a method of input. The post New Magic Leap Videos Shows AR Shopping and Voice Control appeared first on Road to VR.

Hands-on: Samsung Odyssey Windows VR Headset & Controllers

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Controllers. While all the other Windows VR headsets are offering the same motion controllers, Samsung has crafted their own (slight) variation. I obviously haven’t had a chance to do any conclusive testing, but if the Rift and Vive controller tracking feels 99.9%

‘Haptic Shape Illusion’ Allows VR Controllers to Simulate Feel of Physically Larger Objects

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In a study lead by Eisuke Fujinawa at the University of Tokyo, a team of students created a procedure for designing compact VR controllers that feel physically larger. But swinging a controller the size and weight of a baseball bat around your living room probably isn’t the best idea.

Hands-on: Oculus Santa Cruz II Prototype & Controllers

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Today at Oculus Connect 4, the company’s annual developer conference, Oculus revealed the Project Santa Cruz ‘Prototype 2’ standalone VR headset, including 6DOF motion controllers. Controllers. Controllers. And the controllers seem lighter.

Watch: Apelab’s Intriging New ‘Break a Leg’ Running on Gear VR’s Motion Controller

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Here’s the game running with the soon to be released Gear VR motion controller. The latest Gear VR headset will have its own dedicated motion controller, as announced at this year’s MWC and detailed at last week’s Samsung ‘Unpacked’ event.

Your Hands are Controllers in Leap Motion’s Interaction Engine

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In providing developers a way to incorporate scanning technology into Unity, Leap Motion enabled a new breed of VR experience—one where participants used their own hands to interact with digital objects rather than controllers. Leap Motion just dropped a major upgrade—Interaction Engine 1.0—to

‘Justice League’ IMAX VR Experience to Debut Haptic VR Controller from Tactical Haptics

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For the new (and awkwardly named) Justice League: An IMAX VR Exclusive experience the Centre is set to debut the ‘Reactive Grip’ haptic controller from Tactical Haptics.

Valve’s Knuckles Controller Prototype Found In SteamVR Home

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Innovation around VR controllers is an ever-evolving conversation and Valve revealed prototypes for a new style of input in October of last year and, in a hands-on report with the prototype , people reported an intuitive way of input that focused on manipulating a virtual world and virtual objects without pressing buttons. Last night’s SteamVR Home update added models for Valve’s “Knuckles” controller prototype. Controllers Hardware Valve

Researchers Command Adult-Size Robot Using Vive Controllers

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We’ve seen several instances of this in the past, from a motorized bomb-defusal robot that allows Police to deactivate explosives remotely using a VR headset and motion controllers to a company using VR to train production machines.

Microsoft Patents AR Controller, Possibly For HoloLens

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The developer kits for Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset are controlled with basic gesture recognition, getting users to pinch the air to interact with user interfaces and more. A new patent, however, suggests a physical controller might be on the way too. What it does have, though, are pictures of a wand-like controller with a trigger on the bottom and two buttons on top. What would you want to see in a dedicated controller for the HoloLens?

Hapto Is A Bizarre VR Controller With Haptic Feedback

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Perfect VR input needs precise control and realistic feedback, two things that are difficult to balance with modern technology. This new motion controller is completely different the the Oculus Touch, Vive wands, or VR gloves. Controllers Hardware Hapto

Oculus Touch vs. HTC Vive – Which Is The Better VR Controller?

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Before we get started, let me make something perfectly clear: what is about to follow is an opinion I have formed after spending considerable time with both the The post Oculus Touch vs. HTC Vive – Which Is The Better VR Controller?

PS VR Aim Controller Could Be Sony’s Secret Weapon

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