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Fingertip-Based Input Device Nimble Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign with VR Support

Virtual reality (VR) fans have seen plenty of suggestions for videogame input and control over the past year. Earlier this month saw the launch of an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for the latest bid at the fabled VR control standard, Nimble. The device is hoping to raise $50,000 USD for help fund its development and production, though only has 11 days left before the campaign closes with under $3,000 currently raised.

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All that said, Nimble still presents a unique VR input solution worth looking at. This is a fingertip-based system in which players attach a tracker known as a ring to the end of their fingers. From there the system has a range of applications for touchless control of PCs and, in the future, iOS and Linux systems. Valve’s popular online shooter Counter-Strike is even used as an example for videogames, with the player creating a gun shape with his hand that then acts as a weapon in-game.

Crucially, the company behind Nimble has revealed that it is currently working to make the technology compatible with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD). Just what plans the device will have for support is unclear, although it would almost certainly face stiff competition from the Leap wireless hand control device that is already pledging strong support for the Oculus Rift.

Those interested in Nimble can currently back $99 to secure the standard package, including two fingertip rings. The device is expected to start shipping in April 2015, although this is of course dependent on its crowd-funding success. VRFocus will continue tto follow any potential VR input solutions, reporting back with any further updates on them.