Hands-on: VR Motion Controller ‘Atraxa’ Offers Promising 6DOF Without Occlusion Issues

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The reference design, dubbed Atraxa , is available either as an enclosed controller, or as three bare PCB components: two trackers, and a single receiver. In fact, Magic Leap is so far the only major headset on the market that makes use of the technology in their Magic Leap Control.

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.

Google Demonstrates Promising Low-cost, Mobile Inside-out Controller Tracking

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A number of standalone VR headsets will be hitting the market in 2018, but so far none of them offer positional (AKA 6DOF) controller input, one of the defining features of high-end tethered headsets. We do not require additional markers or hardware beyond a standard IMU based controller.”

6DOF Controller FinchShift to Support Multiple Standalone Headsets via Vive Wave

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Mobile VR motion controller manufacturer Finch Technologies today announced it’s working with Qualcomm and HTC to deliver its six degrees of freedom (6DOF) FinchShift controllers to a multitude of devices supporting Vive Wave. ounces for the controller, and less than 1.9

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.

Foldaway Haptics is Making a Thumbstick for VR Controllers That Pushes Back

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The impressive device, which can push back against your finger in any direction, could bring rich feedback to VR controllers at reasonable costs. At CES 2019 this week the company showed off a prototype VR controller with the mechanism built-in.

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Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

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Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. ” The company still plans on offering both thumbstick and trackpad style controllers.

Valve Promotes Latest Knuckles Controller from Prototype to Dev Kit

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Valve this week revealed the newest version of their upcoming ‘Knuckles’ VR controllers which have graduated from the ‘EV’ prototype distinction to ‘DV’ dev kits. News Valve VR Controllers

CES 2019: Pimax Displays Knuckles-Like Controller Prototype

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Pimax is showing off its latest VR hardware at CES 2019 with Knuckles-like controllers “ designed to free your hand for an open-palm immersive experience.” ” We scheduled an appointment to see Pimax hardware later today but a lack of clarity in the company’s press release leaves open the question of whether these controllers — either the thumbstick or touchpad versions — will actually be shown with hands-on time at CES this year.

Developers Now Receiving Google’s Experimental 6DOF Controller Kits

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As soon as you plug it in, the controllers just appear (sometimes at the wrong place for a moment). According to Coulombe, the 6DOF controller kit is about as plug-and-play as we would have hoped, saying “[i]f you don’t have the faceplate plugged in, everything is normal.

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.

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.

Oculus Go Controller-Free Mode Is In The Works

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There’s an Oculus Go controller-free mode in the works, according to Oculus technical leader John Carmack. Asked if there were any plans to decouple Go from its controller for certain apps, he confirmed that it’s in the works, sort of. That means users will be able to jump into gaze-only VR apps without having to use a controller to select them. Eliminating the controller gives users one less thing to be overwhelmed by.

Get Close Up With Vive Focus’ 6DOF Controllers In New Dev Videos

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Regardless, some cool new 6DOF controllers are currently being sent out to developers. VR developer SkarredGhost recently got his hands on a pair of the Vive Focus 6DOF controllers. There’s an up-close look at each controller’s trackpad and tracking ring.

HTC Announces 6DOF Controller Tracking Add-on for Vive Focus

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HTC today announced a 6DOF controller tracking add-on for Vive Focus which brings 6DOF controller tracking to the device. The add-on, which includes a pair of controllers, is being released as a development kit. HTC News Vive Focus VR Controllers

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.

Hands-on: Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” VR Motion Controllers

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Microsoft debuted the lengthily-named “Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers” back in May, but until now we haven’t had a chance to actually try them out. Microsoft’s VR controllers are designed to let you reach into VR and interact naturally with the virtual world.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 VRDK , a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking. The post Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking appeared first on Road to VR.

Hands-on: Vive Focus 6DOF Controller Dev Kit

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While the Vive Focus initially launched with a single 3DOF controller, HTC recently announced a dev kit add-on which brings a pair of 6DOF controllers to the standalone headset. Today at a press event in San Francisco we got our first chance to try out the 6DOF controller dev kit.

Oculus ‘Handheld Controller’ Passes FCC Testing, Possible Oculus GO 3DoF Controller

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A mysterious handheld device showed up in an FCC test report recently that may just be the 3DoF controller coming alongside Oculus Go, the company’s upcoming $200 standalone VR headset. controller. In this case, actual images of the controller are set to release in June 2018.

Valve Unveils Third Evolution Of Knuckles Controllers

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A smaller upgrade when compared to the massive changes brought on by the EV2 model, this latest update improves upon the EV2’ already solid design with a variety of improvements to the controllers’ ergonomic design and battery life. News Knuckle EV3 Devkit steamvr Valve Knuckle Controllers

Vive Focus 6DOF Controller Dev Kit Uses Ultrasonic Tracking

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HTC earlier this month revealed a 6DOF controller dev kit for the Vive Focus standalone headset. When HTC revealed the Vive Focus 6DOF controller dev kit earlier this month , the company wasn’t ready to share details.

Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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It appears Google has made some serious headway on its low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking standard first seen back in April. The pair of controllers are optically tracked, and include a trigger, Daydream button, App button, grip buttons, and a touchpad with click ability.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers for Mixed Reality Headsets Coming This Holiday

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Today Microsoft has unveiled their Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. The controllers fill in a major gap in Microsoft’s strategy to become the “most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences.”

Magic Leap One Motion Controller Appears in FCC Filing, Suggesting 2018 Launch

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Magic Leap One, the long-awaited AR headset from the secretive titular Florida startup, appears to be on its way to its supposed 2018 release date, as the headset’s motion controller, dubbed Control, has just hit the FCC for testing.

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.

Oculus Now Sells Single Replacement Touch Controllers

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So you got a little out of control last night playing Robo Recall (2017) , and you smashed one of your Touch controllers to smithereens. Available through Oculus’ accessories page , replacement Touch controllers (left or right) are selling for $70 / €90 a piece.

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.

Google: Don’t Expect 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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If you’re waiting on positionally-tracked controllers for Google’s latest entry into the Daydream platform, the standalone 6DOF VR headset Lenovo Mirage Solo, you probably won’t ever see it, at least not from Google.

Vive Focus to Get 6DOF Controller Mode, Optical Hand-tracking for Gesture Input

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While it’s exciting to start seeing 6DOF standalone VR headsets like the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo, both unfortunately include a 3DOF controller which in many cases functions as an immersion barrier compared to a fully 6DOF VR system. 3DOF to 6DOF Controller Upgrade.

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.

Samsung Announces New Gear VR with Touch Sensing Controller Included

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Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced the brand-new Gear VR with Controller, with 70 titles coming soon. The controller is said to add a deeper level of immersion, using motion sensors, and an intuitive touch pad and trigger input.

Prototype VR Controller Dynamically Distributes Weight to Fit Virtual Objects

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There’s no doubt about it; weilding a real controller that matches the weight and feel of a virtual object is far more immersive than having a disconnect between the two. Rosado says he’s working on a similar prototype for the Oculus Touch controllers.

Tactical Haptics’ New Prototype VR Controller Shapeshifts to Fit Your Game

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Tactical Haptics’ newly developed haptic controller prototype uses mechanical sockets that allow them to be mated in different configurations on-the-fly, in order to match a particular virtual interaction more closely than standard VR motion controllers.

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PSVR Aim Controller Launches with ‘Farpoint’ on May 16th, Co-op Confirmed

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At GDC 2017, developers Impulse Gear confirmed that their VR shooter Farpoint has Co-op, and will launch in a bundle with the PS VR Aim Controller on May 16th. The post PSVR Aim Controller Launches with ‘Farpoint’ on May 16th, Co-op Confirmed appeared first on Road to VR.

HTC: Vive Pro to Launch With Updated Wand Controller, Not Valve’s ‘Knuckles’

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HTC says that the new Vive Pro controllers, due out later this year, will be an updated version of the current Vive wands, rather than Valve’s anticipated ‘Knuckles’ controllers. The original Vive wand controller | Photo by Road to VR.

3dRudder Announces Improved ‘Blackhawk’ VR Foot Controller, Shipping in Spring for $140

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3dRudder , the company behind the eponymous foot controller for VR, announced its next product; 3dRudder Blackhawk, a newly redesigned device that aims to make input more responsive and intuitive. The company says their newest controller offers a few more functions over its predecessor.

Google’s Daydream 6DOF Controllers Now Shipping To Developers

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The first unboxing video for Google’s 6DOF controllers hit the Web as the first wave of developer kits appear to be shipping out. The USB-C connector on the controllers is for “flashing” them, not for charging, according to a paper in the unboxing video.

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.

PlayStationVR foot controller announced at CES

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Launched early 2017 in its PC & VR edition, the 3dRudder has built the reputation of being an intuitive controller. With its foot-powered controls and its 360° locomotion system, the 3dRudder is aimed at an almost exhaustive array of virtual reality experiences.

Valve Brings Custom Keybinding to SteamVR, Letting VR Apps Support All Compatible Controllers

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SteamVR includes de facto support for several VR devices, although sometimes games just don’t support a particular controller—or if they do, it may not be configured properly. Starting today, Valve will include the controller binding Input system directly into SteamVR beta.

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

‘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.

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