Perception Neuron Passes Kickstarter, Reveals Rumble Stretch Goal
Last month VRFocus reported on the launch of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for an intriguing virtual reality (VR) compatible motion tracking system named Perception Neuron. The system uses tiny units known as Neurons placed around a user’s body for accurate tracking. The developers were looking for $250,000 USD to fund the production of the kit. Now the team has passed that base goal, and is well on its way towards a new $300,000 stretch goal which is teasing some interesting updates for the technology. Should Perception Neuron reach its new goal then the developers will add two new features to the kit. The first is a Rumbler using tactile feedback to create vibration feedback in experiences, allowing for more immersive VR software. One Rumbler will be included in every 10 neurons that Kickstarter backers have ordered. The units will also deliver audible feedback, though it’s not quite clear what this means at this time. Also included in the new stretch goal is a wireless remote for the system known as a Shutter. This is a small device that players can assign various tasks to. It could even be used in VR experiences as a controller of sorts to compliment the motion control, allowing players perhaps to grab objects or use the trigger of a gun. Backers will only be able to choose between the Shutter or the Rumbler as opposed to receiving both. Perception Neuron’s Kickstarter campaign still has over a week to go until its 13th September 2014 closure. Currently those interested can pledge $200 to secure a set of 10 Neurons, which is slated to arrive in February 2015. The system can support up to 30 Neurons at one time, and other packages for a complete set are available. VRFocus will continue to follow the device, reporting back with any further updates on its development and production.