It's a busy day for VR headsets. Firstly, the Dlodlo VR arrived with some pretty big tech claims and now the futuristic FOVE VR platform has gone live on Kickstarter.
Announced at the end of last year and subsequently shown off at CES in January, the FOVE VR headset differs from the likes of Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus because it offers interactive eye-tracking.
Inside the headset is an infrared sensor that monitors a wearer's eyes - offering not only a new control method but also an edge on its competitors when it comes to realism.
Because, while it will be cool to make eye contact with characters in games, have a monster jump out of his cave if you look his way, or even have your eye movements replicated in your MMORPG's avatar - all possible with FOVE's headset - it's the "reality" aspects that excite us the most.
For example, in the real world, your eye's have a central focal point with the edges naturally blurred. In the virtual world, with a flat display, this is a lot more difficult to replicate.
With FOVE, simulated depth-of-field is possible, due to the system knowing exactly what you're looking at and, as a result, the virtual should appear more real. This focal pin-pointing also allows for foveated rendering; a method of reducing the processing demands by calculating a wearer's gaze and forcing the graphics engine to adjust focus and allocate rendering resources accordingly.
We told you it was futuristic sounding.
"Our eye-tracking technology is able to read very subtle eye movements and translate these into user-intention and emotion," said Yuka Kojima, CEO of FOVE. "By adding this extra recognition, we can not only control the objects in VR, but also bring real human connection into virtual reality."
On the spec-sheet the FOVE setup sounds equally exciting - a 5.8-inch, 1440p, display; a 100+ degree field of view; 90fps frame rate; and eye-tracking measured at 120fps.
The Tokyo startup has also revealed plans to tap into the Wear VR software platform and states that its headset is compatible with Unity, Unreal, and Cryengine game engines.
If you want in, an early bird special of $349 is on offer - although for now it's tailored towards developers. The company is looking for $250,000 and has reached $285k with 41 Days to go.
Source: FOVE EYE-TRACKING VR HEADSET HITS KICKSTARTER
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