It’s been a long time coming, but Sixense looks to be finally nearing shipping of its pre-production units of the STEM motion controller system for virtual reality (VR) experiences. The company has this week issued an update on the status of its shipping schedule, suggesting that those first units could finally be on their way to Kickstarter backers in the very near future. Earlier in the year the pre-production units were confirmed to be delayed as Sixense improved the technology behind them.
“Our engineers are currently performing the final testing of the STEM Base circuit board,” the company explained in a Kickstarter update. “This process has taken longer than we expected and has required additional revisions. As soon as testing is completed, we will be ready to manufacture the pre-production prototypes that will ship to our backers at the Silver Bundle level and above. If all goes well, these units will ship in October.”
Priced at $1,000 USD on Kickstarter, the aforementioned Silver Bundle includes five STEMS, controllers and STEM packs. Having been delayed from April 2014, the pre-production units were meant to then start shipping in July, although this obviously never happened. These delays also push back to the standard production unit’s shipping, although the company still anticipates shipping them before the year’s end, “assuming no unforseen delays.”
VRFocus will continue to follow STEM moving forward, reporting back with any further updates on the controller’s progress.